Alleged London attacker was known for radical views
LONDON One of the men believed to have carried out the deadly weekend attack in central London was a known radical Islamist who was filmed unfurling a black flag resembling the one used by Daesh, also known as ISIS, and raised the suspicion of a neighbour after allegedly trying to lure local youngsters to join his jihadist campaign. They identified a second attacker who had not aroused suspicion prior to Saturday’s rampage that killed seven people.
He had appeared in a documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, that aired on British television last year. Neighbours identified Butt from the film’s footage Monday, pointing to a scene in which he is shown participating in a provocative prayer session at Regents Park, near London’s biggest mosque helping to display a black flag covered canada goose outlet winnipeg address in white Arabic lettering similar to the one used by Daesh, which took responsibility for the attack.
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«There’s an election on Thursday, that’s the chance,» he said, citing an «appalling» cut in police staffing levels. «We’re calling for a restoration of police numbers, and there’s a call being made for her to go, because of what she’s done on the police numbers.»
May said she has protected police budgets and increased the number of armed officers and matched Corbyn’s finger pointing with some of her own, saying her opponent wasn’t fit to safeguard Britain at a time of heightened threat. «We have given increased powers to the police to be able to deal with terrorists, powers which Jeremy Corbyn has boasted he has always opposed,» she said.
Given the speed with which the attack was ended, it wasn’t clear whether having more police on the beat would have prevented it, but questions persisted over whether investigators had the resources to look into such complaints and whether crucial opportunities were missed that could have saved lives.
Under the British government’s counterterrorism program, residents are encouraged to alert police to suspicious activity. Police then cross check whether the person has been reported for similar activity. From there, a number of scenarios can unfold. The matter can be dropped or if the complaint seems warranted, police and security officials can open an investigation. The real test comes in determining whether the person has the potential to become violent and what resources are available to investigate. Watching a suspect around the clock can require some 20 officers or security agents.
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