One of the three terrorists who was responsible for the London Bridge attack over the weekend was filmed as part of a documentary released this past March called “The Jihadis Next Door.” On Saturday, six people were killed in a multi-stage terror attack that began with people being mowed down by a van on the London Bridge; more than 30 others were injured.
Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, can be seen in the British documentary having a confrontation with a police officer after praying with others and flying an Islamic flag in a park.
Butt was known to police and authorities before the weekend’s bombing, and he had been investigated in 2015 – the same year he was filmed for the documentary.
The documentary “[follows] a group of Britain’s most dangerous extremist muslims for two years, giving unprecedented access into the simmering undercurrent of homegrown terrorism,” according the YouTube description. “Maker Jamie Roberts even spent time with Siddhartha Dhar (aka Adu Rumaysah), the former bouncy castle salesman who is now suspected to be the second ‘Jihadi John.’ ”
Metropolitan Police reported that Butt, along with Rachid Redouane, 30, were shot dead in connection to the London Bridge attack.
The third terrorist, Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba, 22, was reportedly stopped in Bologna and arrested last year when trying to get into Syria; he was able to get into the United Kingdom. Zaghaba’s mother is Italian and reportedly still lives there.
The home of Butt’s family in Pakistan has reportedly been raided. Butt worked at the Westminster tube station and had access to tunnels under Parliament, according to reports.
The U.K. has seen its share of terror the past few weeks.
On May 22, only two weeks prior, a suicide bomber inside the Manchester Arena killed 22 adults and children, and injured dozens more, following an Ariana Grande concert. This was the deadliest bombing in Great Britain in more than a decade.
Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS. It is not yet known whether the trio of London Bridge terrorists was connected to a larger terrorist network.
During the attack, the men were reportedly shouting “This is for Allah” before they were killed by police.