More arrested in London attack investigation

More arrested in London attack investigation

Police have arrested three people on terror charges, but they have said they are not linked to the London Bridge attack.

Xavier Thomas, 45, is thought to have been struck by the terrorists’ van on the bridge and witnesses reported him being thrown into the water.

The body was recovered near Limehouse, downstream of London Bridge, at around 7.45pm on Tuesday by specialist officers from the marine police unit.

“Formal identification has not yet taken place, however Thomas’ next of kin have been informed of this development”, the police said.

Thomas was with his girlfriend Christine Delcros who was also hit and is in hospital in London.

The trio killed eight and injured 48 in their rampage around London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night.

Counter terrorism officers, backed up by armed colleagues, arrested two men on the street in Ilford, east London, late on Wednesday, while a third was arrested at a house nearby, police said in a statement. Nearly 50 were wounded.

Police named Barking as the home of two of the attackers – Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane – while their accomplice Youssef Zaghba was listed as being from east London. “There are three deaths and eight injuries on the French side”, Macron said, deploring the “heavy toll these attacks have taken on us”.

Public anger has grown at how the men were able to carry out an attack despite alarms being raised to the authorities, particularly after police revealed the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was also known to intelligence services.

All three were detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism offences and have been taken for questioning at a south London police station.

Zaghba, an Italian-Moroccan national, was identified as a possible militant threat after he was stopped at Bologna airport in 2016 as tried to reach Syria.