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"The Jihadist Next Door": Muslim Killer Khuram Butt Featured In TV Documentary About Al Muhajiroun Activities In The UK

June 6, 2017

Image: Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba, are suspects of Saturday's terror attack at London Bridge

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Two of the men who carried out Saturday night's terror attack in London have been named by police.

Khuram Butt, 27, was married with children and lived in Barking, east London for a number of years.

Scotland Yard said he was known to police and MI5 but there was no intelligence to suggest an attack.

The other attacker was named as Rachid Redouane, 30. The pair and one other man were shot dead by police after killing seven people and injuring 48.

They drove their hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in the area around Borough Market.

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



One of the London murderers 'starred' in TV documentary

One of the terrorists who murdered 7 people at London Bridge was in British Channel 4 documentary film.

One of the terrorists who murdered seven people at the London Bridge on Saturday was covered as part of a British Channel 4 documentary broadcast last year on jihadist activity in Britain.

Mordechai Sones 6/5/17

According to the Sun website, a 27-year-old man who worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken and London Underground, was nicknamed "Abaz". He appeared in the documentary "The Jihadist Next Door", where he can be seen in a scene in which a group of jihadists waves an ISIS flag in a public garden at around 15:30.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the police knew the identity of the three terrorists. However, for reasons related to the investigation, the authorities have yet to publish the names.

According to reports, "Abaz" is a British native and father of two. In the past, he was thrown out of the mosque where he prayed after shouting that participation in the British elections was an anti-Islamic act. A friend of his called the police and reported that he had heard him talking about ISIS-style murders, but while the police did question Abaz, he was not arrested and his passport was not taken away. The friend told the BBC that Abaz had become a radical influenced by jihadist preacher Ahmed Musa Jibril's YouTube lectures. Jibril is a Palestinian Arab who operates in the United States.



"Neighbors have identified one of the London Bridge attack suspects as Khuram Butt, also known by the nickname "ABZ" or "Abs," who was featured in a recent documentary on the British Channel 4 from 2016 called "The Jihadist Next Door."

Neighbors say he was the attacker who wore the fake suicide vest during the vehicle and stabbing attack that killed seven people in London on Saturday night. The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency posted a message on Telegram on Sunday claiming that the attack was carried out by ISIS fighters.

The man was a member of Al Muhajiroun, a small group of men led by Anjem Choudary and Siddartha Dhar who openly preached for the need for Sharia law.

The group was closely monitored by authorities. Police know the man's name but have not yet publicly announced it.

According to Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, research director of George Washington University's Program on Extremism, Choudary's network of extremist followers has numbered in the hundreds, and many have been charged with terrorism offenses in the U.K. or fought and died in Syria with ISIS.

"So the potential for more of them to mobilize is still there," said Meleagrou-Hitchens, who has interviewed several members of the group. "Almost all would be known to authorities though There are hundreds of members but only small fraction will act. Knowing which ones will is hard and not an exact science."

Another British expert said Al-Muhajiroun has proven time and again that many of those involved with it are truly "dangerous individuals," justifying the British government's 2010 ban on Choudary's group.

"Thwarting plots relies on an element of luck," said Robin Simcox, a terrorism expert at the Heritage Foundation. "And with 23,000 suspects on the radar, the British Security Services simply don't have the capacity to track everyone that is a potential terror threat."

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

ABC News' James Meek and Pete Madden contributed to this story.


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