Third London Bridge attacker Youssef Zaghba 'was stopped trying to travel to Syria last year'

Khuram Butt, Rachid Radouane and Youssef Zaghba

Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba, 22, has been named as the third London Bridge attacker, according to reports in Italy.

Corriere della Sera is reporting that he was stopped by Italian authorities in March 2016 in an airport in Bologna trying to board a flight to Turkey to then travel to Syria.

The paper adds that Italian authorities alerted British and Moroccan authorities about his trips to the Middle East.

It reported that Zaghba was charged with international terrorism by Italian authorities, but the charge was later dropped.


The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said: “While formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe he is 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east London. The deceased’s family have been informed.

“He is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent . He was not a police or MI5 subject of interest.”

Pakistan-born Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Radouane, 30, both from Barking, east London, were the other two attackers.

The terrorists murdered seven and injured dozens more in the attack in central London on Saturday night.

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Today it was revealed that Butt, the ringleader behind the atrocity, worked on the London Underground — after appearing in a document about British jihadis.

The extremist, who was shot dead along with two accomplices, after murdering seven and injuring dozens more in the attack, had access to tunnels under Parliament after he worked at Westminster tube station.