Authorities have identified a third London attacker as 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba Tuesday. While he was not a person of MI5 interest, he had been stopped by Italian police last year on his way to Turkey and said he was going to be a terrorist, The Guardian is reporting.
Zaghba reportedly said “I’m going to be a terrorist,” before being stopped by Italian police at Bologna airport. Propaganda videos and religious sermons found on his phone confirmed his wish to join Islamic State. An Italian official confirmed to the Guardian that Italian authorities alerted their British counterparts when Zaghba moved to London.
Another attacker, Rachid Redouane, was not known to police. Yet, the third ID'd terrorist, Khuram Shazad Butt, gave police plenty of red flags. He was known to authorities and had been investigated in 2015. He was reportedly a member of the radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun and had even appeared in a documentary called, “The Jihadis Next Door.”
Why are these terrorists so easily escaping the authorities?
Seven people are dead and 15 people are still in critical condition after Saturday’s carnage.