London Police Arrest Another Attack Suspect As Death Toll Rises to 8

Following Saturday’s attack, police cars block the entrance of the Borough Market at the London Bridge area in London, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

London police early Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man in east London in connection to the lethal attack on London Bridge and are searching his home.

Two men are now in custody on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act. They have not been identified or charged. All others who had been arrested have been released without facing charges.

London officials said a large part of the outer cordon of the crime scene had reopened. Borough Market, a popular gathering place, remains closed as more evidence is gathered.

The attack, and prior attacks in Manchester and near Parliament in London, have prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to call for tougher counterterrorism laws even if it means changing human rights protections.

Reaction to the attack has dominated the final days of campaigning before Thursday’s general election, with opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and others criticizing May for cutting police numbers by roughly 20,000 during her tenure as home secretary.

Seven people were killed and nearly 50 others were wounded in the Saturday night rampage. The terrorists first drove a rented van into a crowd and then jumped out and randomly stabbed people they encountered.

At least two of the three terrorists were known to British intelligence and law enforcement officials, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault.

Police have named the terrorists as Khurum Butt, 27, who had been known for his extremist views; 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, also known as Rachid Elkhdar; and Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent who was reportedly working in a London restaurant.

Italian authorities said Zaghba had been stopped and questioned in Italy but had not been charged with any crime. Italian officials said suspicions about him had been shared with British authorities.

Meanwhile, the death toll was raised to eight, after a body was found in the River Thames.

British police said the formal identification of the body had not yet taken place but that the family of the missing Frenchman, 45-year-old Xavier Thomas, had been informed of the discovery.

France said earlier on Wednesday that two of its citizens had died in the attack. The Foreign Ministry said that a third French national was still missing and that four were seriously injured.

Le Parisien daily newspaper named the second Frenchman to die in the attack as 36-year-old Sebastian Belanger.


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