The third London Bridge attacker has been identified.
Yesterday it was revealed two of the three jihadists involved have been named: Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.
Butt, 27, was born in Pakistan but is a British citizen. London’s Metropolitan Police and MI5 had known about Butt.
None of the intelligence gathered on him, however, suggested he was planning an attack on the London Bridge.
The second terrorist, Redouane who is 30, had an alias name Rachid Elkhdar. He is of Moroccan and Libyan dissent.
After the attack, which left 7 people dead and 48 injured, police detained 11 people after a series of raids.
Authorities were withholding the identity of the third, until now.
Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old who was born in Fez, Morocco to an Italian mother and Moroccan father, was suspected of attempting to travel to war-torn country last year, according to Italian media.
Authorities in Italy tipped off British authorities about Zaghba but he was apparently able to enter Britain and get a job in a London restaurant, Corriere Della Sera reports.
He was reportedly stopped at Bologna airport last year with a one-way ticket to Istanbul, carrying just a backpack, a passport and a mobile phone.
An Italian intelligence source said that Zaghba had since been acquitted of terrorism charges but was on a ‘persons at risk’ list – similar to a UK ‘watch list’.
Reports in Italy suggest the 22-year-old had since got a ‘seasonal job’ in a London restaurant and continued to speak to his mother back home.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘While formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe he is 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east London. The deceased’s family have been informed.
‘He is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan dissent. He was not a police or MI5 subject of interest.’
Two of the three attackers had previous records.
Officials should have been watching those two like a hawk; especially Khuram Shazad Butt.
London, instead of ‘carrying on’ as usual, make some adjustments to your surveillance and immigration policies.