As the investigation into Saturday night’s attack continues at a fast pace, seven women and five men arrested in Barking on Sunday have been released by police without charge, leaving the focus firmly on the three attackers.
27-year-old Khuram Butt was well known to the police and M5 as an extremists.
Though they insist there was nothing to suggest he was planning an attack and downgraded their inquiry into his activities.
He featured in a Channel 4 documentary last year about radical Islamists in Britain. Twice, people in his Barking neighbourhood reported the Pakistani-born father of two to the authorities.
In recent years, he worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC and was a customer services adviser at Transport for London.
Less is known about the second attacker, 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, also from Barking and claimed to be Moroccan Libyan decent.
Police are yet to confirm the identity of the third attacker.
Yesterday evening, a vigil took place as Londoners came together for a dignified show of solidarity. Among the victims, 30-year-old Christine Archibald who had moved to Europe from Canada to be with here fiancé. She died in his arms.
James McMullan’s family are struggling to come to terms with the news his bankcard was found on a body outside a London Bridget Pub.
“While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us to all carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who would try to destroy us.” – says Mellissa McMullan.