London attack: More detentions in hunt for accomplices

Police have named the three knife-wielding men who killed seven people and injured 48 others during Saturday's attack in London Bridge.

LONDON (AP) - Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames.

According to a statement by the Metropolitan Police, Khuram Shazad Butt, was a Pakistani born British citizen, while Rachid Redouane was of Moroccan and Libyan descent.

At a press briefing with questions mounting about what the authorities knew, Rowley said: "Butt was known to the police and MI5".

Khuram Shazad Butt, left, and Rachid Redouane. "However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly", they said.

Three attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby on Saturday night before police shot them dead.

Police have said the attack lasted about eight minutes. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

People look at the floral tributes placed at London Bridge to commemorate the victims of Saturday's attack in London, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

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During a police raid on Sunday at an apartment owned by one of attackers, 12 people were arrested in connection with the murders. Two additional addresses were searched on Monday.

Butt is believed to be the man seen in a British television documentary on jihadists within the country that aired previous year.

"A small number of the highest priority investigations involve current attack planning, and these investigations command a significant proportion of our resource", police said. He has been criticised for voting against counter-terrorism legislation and expressing reservations about police responding to attacks with "shoot-to-kill" tactics.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the snap election in hopes of strengthening her mandate for discussions over Britain's exit from the European Union, has come under fire for the cuts to police numbers over recent years.

While Londoners have declared their defiance in the face of terror, bunches of flowers piling up point to a city in mourning less than three months since five people were killed outside the British Parliament in another attack.

NHS England said on Monday 36 people remained in hospital, with 18 in a critical condition.

Butt had been reported to the anti-terror police on at least two occasions, it claimed.

- Authorities said Butt was from the east London area of Barking. Her remarks came soon after the London Bridge attack that shook United Kingdom on Saturday night.

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