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tonight at ten — police name the third london bridge attacker, an italian man of moroccan descent whose name had been flagged to the british authorities. he was 22 year—old youssef zaghba who'd been living in east london the british authorities were alerted after he'd tried to travel to syria last year. and questions about another attacker, khuram butt, who'd been reported for violent and extremist behaviour. i said that in my estimation they are a national security threat, they are dangerous individuals, and that information was passed onto $015, counter—terrorism police. there was another arrest today in east london — but 12 people have been released without charge. an australian nurse, kirsty boden, was the 3rd victim to be named — she was killed as she ran to help others during the attack. she never saw bad in anybody. even if everyone was having a bad day, kirsty was the person that was going to make you smile. this morning at 11 — a minute's silence
across the uk for the seven killed in the attack — and dozens injured. we'll have the latest on the reaction to the attacks — as the prime minister claims she'd be ready to change human rights laws to tackle terrorism. also tonight... an eye—witness report from syria as fighters enter the outskirts of raqqa — the city stronghold of so—called islamic state. and with two days to the election, younger voters share their views on security, housing, and the future of the nhs. do in sports day, england beat new zealand to reach the semifinals of the champions trophy and keep alive their hopes of a first major trophy in 50 over cricket. good evening.
all three men who carried out the terror attack at london bridge have now been named. during the day the prime minister announced that a review would be undertaken by police and mi5 following concerns that previous warnings about two of the attackers had not been followed up. the third attacker was named as 22 year—old youssef zaghba an italian national of moroccan descent. the italian authorities say he was stopped from travelling to syria last year and his name was shared with the british authorities. and there are further questions about another of the attackers, khuram butt, who'd been investigated two years ago, as our home editor mark easton reports. the faces of a self appointed death squad. we now know the identities of all three men who went on a killing spree in london on saturday night, today police naming this man — youssef zaghba —
as the third member of the gang. zaghba was born in fez in morocco, to a moroccan father and italian mother. 22 years old, he recently moved to east london where he worked in a restaurant. but last year he was stopped by security forces at bologna airport, in italy, on suspicion of trying to make his way to fight in syria — literature relating to so—called islamic state in his bag. placed on the italian terror watch—list, uk police today said neither they nor mi5 regarded him as a person of interest. in italy, a prosecutor claimed today the british authorities had been tipped off about zaghba, who lived at this house in bologna. one of his relatives said he'd hoped to find a job in the uk. translation: he went to london, he was away for two or three months and then he came back. he was here for a month and then he told his mum, "i'm leaving, because here there's nothing and in london i can work." the fact that zaghba was a terror
suspect in italy adds to the pressure on british security services to explain why they were caught blind ahead of saturday's terrible attack. another member of the gang, of course khuram butt, was well—known to police and mi5, prompting searching questions as to whether more could or should have been done to prevent mass murder. we will look at how this, how the processes were followed, what they did. they will be wanting to look at that, because they will want to learn lessons for the future, if there are lessons to be learned. butt appeared in this channel 4 documentary on radical islamists last year, linking into extremist preacher anjem choudary, now in jail for encouraging support for so—called islamic state. despite this, security service interest in him was scaled down. the bbc has described butt‘s cv, in which he describes himself as a motivated, zealous and trusted individual who had worked in security,
welcoming guests and securing buildings. he worked on the london underground last year, but claimed his responsibilities included "assisting customer evacuation where necessary." in pakistan today, his uncle said he was ashamed, and said his nephew's victims were constantly on his mind. i don't know why they were killed. some have suggested the killings might have been prevented if any of the men had been subject to a court order known as a tpim, restricting the movements of terror suspects who haven't been convicted of a crime. but the man who until recently officially reviewed terror legislation for the government says
the orders are really aimed at a small number of individuals where strong evidence of terrorist activity exists, but can't be used in open court for security reasons. for that limited category of people, they're very useful. where they don't help is in relation to people who can't be shown to have promoted terrorism or plotted terrorism, but who may be sympathetic to terrorists. more detail emerged today about the last member of the three—man gang, north african born rachid redouane. he was married to a british citizen and lived in dublin for a time a house in ilford was targeted in a counterterror operation early today. bell tolls at 11 o'clock this morning, britain was encouraged to stop for one minute, to pause and to reflect on the events of saturday night. through the minds of many will have run the question, why did this have to happen?
mark easton, bbc news, london bridge. a prominent organisation in the fight against extremism in britain has revealed that last year a member of its staff was involved in a confrontation with khuram butt, one of the three attackers. dr usama hasan of quilliam international reported the incident to police. our correspondent ed thomas has been investigating what the authorities knew about khuram butt. known to police, known to mi5, and today the bbc has been told of another warning that khuram butt was an extremist. i had to run for my safety and perhaps for my life that day... this is usama hasan. he said he came face—to—face with the london attacker here, at this family funfair to celebrate eid in july last year. he came up to me and he said, "how dare you come to a muslim event, because you're a nonbeliever." he started screaming abuse at me. he said, "you're taking
money from the government to work against muslims, you spy on muslims..." his family took these photos of khuram butt at the eid festival. after the abuse, came violence. physically, what did he do? physically, he tried to assault me. yeah, he ran at me — he ran at me with an expression of hatred on his face. did he touch you? a scuffle broke out, and at one point i helped wrestle him to the ground. usama hasan says he ran, while his family took more photos for evidence. he believes he was targeted, because of his work countering extremism. very aggressive, he was full of hate. i felt intimidated. a bystander had told members of my family that "we know this guy." he was kicked out of the local mosque, of banned from the local mosque, for causing trouble there. did you ring the police straightaway? well, i rang 999, as you do, and i said, "i've been the victim of an assault." usama hasan also says he told officers he suspected the man who attacked him was part of the banned islamist extremist group, al—muhajiroun.
yes, i told them, these are al—muhajiroun characters. i said, "in my view, they are a threat to national security — they must be monitored. they are clearly part of the pro—isis network." and what happened? he was eventually tracked down after about six months, and cautioned. and of course i feel desperately sorry for the seven victims... we've asked the police to respond to these allegations. last night, i couldn't sleep. i felt very upset and angry that we as a society had not been able to stop this man. regret, because within months khuram butt would go on to kill at random, destroying so many innocent lives. ed thomas, bbc news, east london. there's talk with a security correspondent. given we've learned this, what is the sense of the kind
of questions mi5 are facing?” this, what is the sense of the kind of questions mi5 are facing? i think more questions about whether or mi5 missed any opportunities. with the name of this attack came acclaim from italian authorities that they stopped him going to syria and passed on these detailed to british intelligence, either mi5 or mi6. they are not confirming what was said but it makes clear he was in some way to british authorities but not under investigation. khuram butt, we knew yesterday was under investigation but we heard, we heard more details of these warnings from people about extremist behaviour but also violent confrontations. that will raise questions about whether the accumulation of warning signs meant he should have been pushed higher up the priority list of mi5 and put under more surveillance. the police point to the context. they point to 3000 subjects of interest
in who they are investigating and have to prioritise. they say the threat is unprecedented and point to other attacks and they still have this investigation into the london bridge attacks. part of that is reviewing what happened. if any opportunities were missed and if any lessons need to be learned. the prime minister says she is prepared to change human rights laws if that's necessary to fight extremism. mrs may, who's been criticised by opponents for reducing police numbers as home secretary, was speaking this evening with just two days to the election. labour said what was needed was more money for policing. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, reports on the final stages of a campaign dominated by questions over security. the rallies, the battle buses, and him. this might look like a
traditional tory campaign, yet it has been anything but. stalled buy—2—mac terror attacks within weeks. at the last minute, i promise. —— stalled by two terror attacks. longer prison sentences for those convicted, making it easier to deport foreign terror suspects back to their own country, and if human rights laws stop us from doing it we will change them so we can. she has vowed to get on with that on friday if you let her keep the red boxes. but she's been challenged on her own record on security in the days since the attack. do you fear there were intelligence failures in this case oi’ intelligence failures in this case or is it the case but no matter how we try, some cases will slip
through. the police and security services have done a good job of filing plots, five in the last month. they will want to learn lessons for the future, if they are to be learned. thank you very much. security may be a political help as well as a hindrance to theresa may. the tory party are asking serious questions. we have answered those questions. we have answered those questions. people feel a lot safer in their beds supporting theresa may. i certainly do. in their beds supporting theresa may. icertainly do. beyond in their beds supporting theresa may. i certainly do. beyond the smiles of the campaign, the casual conversations, the most serious of subjects. yet labour's enthusiasm is undimmed. jeremy corbyn is cheered to the rafters everywhere he goes. as theresa may faces questions about her security record, he is also under pressure. yet how would he
combat terror? we are all worried this could happen again. it requires vigilance but also proper resources, and therefore, cutting police numbers and not funding security is a problem. we will put 10,000 more police officers on the beat because that helps the community safety and confidence. you cannot cut 20,000 policeman of the beat and expect the same security you had before they we re same security you had before they were cut. it is the ideological approach theresa may is taking. it is about numbers of people on the ground. we need to look after each other, love one another. that is more important. stridently different tone from ukip. islamist extremism isa tone from ukip. islamist extremism is a cancer within our society that needs to be put out. the lib dems,
also on the back foot, urging caution. sadly we discover those people guilty of the pathetic, currently murders in manchester and london are people who are known to the security services. the question is not intelligence and new powers, it is having the resources to keep us it is having the resources to keep us safe. security is one of the issues that matter is in every corner of the country. we have an opportunity to send a message about the kind of country we want to be. theresa may is on the ropes. it is no longer inevitable that she will get a bigger majority. events have changed this campaign like no other. few would have predicted this. can you give it up for the rally taking place in brighton! labour rally being screened in six places around the country. a rock star here but we
all determine who find the pot of gold. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, is in birmingham tonight where labour's jeremy corbyn hasjust finished a campaign rally. 0ne full day of campaigning to go. you were talking about: —— talking about the tone, what is the tone of the rhetoric? theresa may wanted to make it plain that she is willing to act more radically than the government has done. that is why she said she would be willing to change the law on human rights if it meant more effective measures to crack down. technically, they said she is not talking about leaving the human rights charters, she is talking about opting out of parts of the human rights law. labour is accusing her of going back on guarantees that she gave on that. they are accusing her of a u—turn at the last minute
on the election campaign. that is flatly denied. they say they always had that wriggle room. it is very clear that theresa may believes even at this late stage, it is worth sketching out more of what she would do if re—elected because the nature and abolition of the threat means if she wins on thursday she would need to change the government's approach. the home secretary made a slightly different point. thank you again. two victims of the london bridge attack have been named today. kirsty boden was a 28—year—old nurse from australia, who worked at nearby guy's hospital. a french man killed in the attack has been named as 27—year—old alexandre pigeard from normandy. across the uk, at 11.00am this
morning, a minute's silence was observed to remember all the victims. 0ut correspondent, alison holt, reports on the second nationwide bell tolls a time to remember, a time to reflect on an attack at the heart of london. bell tolls time to stand together, on the streets where it happened. the ambulance crews who fought so hard to save lives, london's mayor at their side. manchester, still raw from the violence inflicted here just two weeks ago.
and beyond. in these quiet moments, for some, the anguish is too much. nicola smith wanted to remember herformer boyfriend. james mcmullan was one of the seven people killed on saturday. i feel anger, but i can't let that override my feeling of love forjames and our memories because i know that's not what he wanted. me, as a person, i'm extremely angry. i'm extremely angry, but because i've been with james, i know that i can't let anger win. james and chrissy archiba, a canadian social worker, were the
james and chrissy archibald, a canadian social worker, were the first to be named as having lost are their lives. today new names and faces have emerged. among them, alexandre pigeard, a french national working as a waiter at one of the brough market restaurants. of the borough market restaurants. his mother is said to be devastated. and 28—year—old australian kirsty boden, she was a newly—promoted senior nurse at guy's hospital, who ran to help others that night. there was absolutely nothing at all she wouldn't do for somebody. she never saw bad in anybody. even if they were all having a bad day, kirsty was the person that was gonna to make you smile. and then there are the missing. 45—year—old xavier thomas was last seen on london bridge. tonight, detectives appealed for information as it's feared he may have been thrown into the river during the attack. sebastian belanger‘s family are travelling to the uk from france to try to discover what's happened to him. he was last seen outside one of the pubs on saturday.
there's also no work on the whereabouts of ignacio there's also no word on the whereabouts of ignacio echeverria from spain. 0r sara zalenak, an australian in london, working as a nanny. her family has heard nothing from her. sara's absolutely beautiful. she is a very special, kindred spirit. she's one of those people that doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't do anything wrong. she's amazing, and she's 21 years of age. these remain desperate searches, desperate days for so many who've found themselves caught up in this tragedy. alison holt, bbc news. in syria, fighters backed by us forces have, for the first time, entered the outskirts of raqqa, the city stronghold of so—called islamic state. the ground forces, made up largely of syrian kurds, have launched attacks from the east,
west and north of the city after declaring a new phase in the battle. 0ur correspondent, rami ruhayem, has obtained rare footage from inside raqqa and reports on the battle to retake the last is bastion inside syria. the ground work to capture raqqa from the islamic state group has been under way for months. kurdish—led forces, backed by the us, have been advancing towards the city and sealing off access routes. now, with the help of heavy air strikes, they've advanced to raqqa's eastern edge and are fighting inside the city for the first time. translation: we declare today the start of the great battle to liberate the city of raqqa, the so—called capital of terrorism and terrorists. with the international coalition‘s warplanes and the state of art weapons we will seize raqqa.
many civilians have already fled the city, but an estimated 200,000 remain trapped. anyone living in raqqa now faces the threat of air strikes or the danger of being used as human shields, a well—known tactic of is. here's a rare glimpse inside the city. the milita nts' grip on their self—declared capital means we rarely get to these streets. —— see. despite regular air strikes, they show a city still open for business, but one also prepared for the new dangers ahead. sandbags line every house and business, preparations for the imminent ground assault and street to street fighting. in some neighbourhoods, is have set up sheets of canvas to shield their movements from aircraft. in istanbul we met three activists who say they have risked their lives to smuggle these pictures out of raqqa. abu ahmed says the group
are in constant contact with those still inside. translation: wherever you go there are tunnels. the city is on high alert. the mood is of war, of preparing for street fighting. civilians have been hit hard by us—led air strikes on raqqa. exact figures are hard to come by, but abu ahmed says no—one inside the city is safe. translation: people inside are the ones carrying the burden. they're being shelled and children are in a terrible mental state. the artillery shelling is close by. it's a city of death. anyone can die any time. fighting for the very survival of their self—declared caliphate, the odds are now stacked against is. the battle is likely to be long and bloody as they hang on to their last stronghold in syria. rami ruhayem, bbc news, in syria. police say that they've found significant forensic evidence
in a car used by the manchester suicide bomber, salman abedi. the white nissan micra was seized by officers in the rusholme area of the city on friday. police said tonight that abedi made "repeated trips" to and from the car between the 18th and 22nd may, the day of his attack. they say he may have used items stored in his car to help assemble the device that he used to kill 22 people. french police say that they've shot and injured a man who attacked an officer with a hammer near notre—dame cathedral in paris this afternoon. officials say the incident is being treated as terrorism and that the man shouted "this is for syria." 1,000 visitors were kept by police inside the cathedral following the attack, as the entire area was locked down. president trump has declared his strong support for the blockade of qatar that has been led by saudi arabia. air links have been cut and qatari citizens have been expelled from several neighbouring countries.
mr trump says he agrees that qatar has been supporting violent extremism. but as our diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports from doha, qatar says the accusations are a complete fabrication. the unprecedented blockade of qatar by her arab neighbours emptied some supermarket shelves briefly, but there's no widespread panic. queues formed as many flights in and out of qatar are banned, with the saudis leading this campaign against a fellow sunni muslim country they say is too supportive of rival shia muslim iran. qatar's foreign minister told me no—one understands how it came to this. what is shocking is the measures which have been taken against qatar. it was like a collective punishment from three countries in this region, by trying to block qatar and even blocking the people of qatar. they say you're far too close to iran, that you're supporting
a country which is sponsoring extremism and terrorism. well actually, we don't know what makes them thinking that we are doing this. we have taken our measures with iran. we have a relationship with iran, a normal relationship. we want a positive relationship with iran. we don't want to have an escalation with anyone, not with iran. but we want to resolve all our conflicts by dialogue. but dialogue with iran is no part of donald trump's agenda. today, he tweeted his full backing for saudi—led punishment of qatar. so he seems to be pointing at you and accusing you in that tweet. actually, regarding
president trump's tweet, we had a meeting directly with president trump, between him and his highness the emir, and he told us that there are some allegations about different countries in the region funding terrorism and we saw some of them as around qatar and saudi. he repeated this several times. we told him very clearly, if there is any allegation, we can sit on the table and we can sort it out. but there's no resolution in sight yet, as all sides consider how to repair an alliance usually regarded as critical. james robbins, bbc news, doha. more on the election now and one of the last debates before polling day has been taking place in manchester tonight. bbc newsbeat hosted the discussion with questions from young voters. our political correspondent, vicki young, watched the exchanges. applause good evening. welcome to manchester. we've heard a lot about the divide between the generations with many young people concerned they will never have the same opportunities as
their parents. this was their chance to put the politicians under the spotlight. many in the audience had concerns about security and community relations after the recent terrorist attack in their city. due to the colour of my skin, in the wa ke to the colour of my skin, in the wake of the awful terror atax that have just happened in manchester, i'm again be winly afraid to go out into the city. my it's nothing to city. do with the colour of your skin. everyone needs to realise that. we need to do with islamism. we've got to be honest about that. labour accused ukip of stoking up tensions. when a mainstream party like ukip is putting out its so—called integration policy which says that — can i speak. which say that muslim women shouldn't be able to wear headscarves. we didn't say that burka and niqabs, get it right. 0k. that burka and niqabs, get it right. ok. can you see that a mainstream party saying that is actually ebbing sasser baited and normalising hate crime. it's not hate crime. everyone
should be free to criticise an ideology. i need to ask the politicians for unioning people not to make the issue about extremism in the sense of it being an inherent pa rt the sense of it being an inherent part of islam but to look at it as a criminal thing as well. here, part of islam but to look at it as a criminalthing as well. here, here. opposition parties agreed the role of the police was crucial. ultimately, cuts are a political choice. there are questions to be asked forces. we believe law enforcement at every stage of the process need to have the resources to do their job we needed to properly. prevent extremism of all forms from happening. so that we can tackle this and investing in youth services, in community service. what about the funding of other public services like the nhs? how would you ensure that the