The other two attackers were identified as Khurum Butt, a 27-year-old whose extremist views had been reported to police, and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, also known as Rachid Elkhdar, a pastry chef who claimed to have dual Moroccan-Libyan citizenship.
The suspect, identified as a 30-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of “commission, preparation or instigation of terrorist acts”, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement early Wednesday.
The second victim of the London Bridge terror attack to be named was 32-year-old Londoner James McMullan, whose family revealed his identity ahead of official confirmation.
The Italian reports said Zaghba was intercepted at the Bologna airport a year ago as he was about to board a plane for Turkey, apparently with the intention of joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants in Syria. “In fact he never lived here”, said the mayor, Daniele Ruscigno.
“We’re pushing the British authorities because, frankly, this isn’t the kind of thing that can go on and on”, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told the news agency Efe, according to The Guardian. Neither he nor Redouane was known to police or security services.
Italy’s main media outlets said Youssef Zaghba had an Italian mother from Bologna and a Moroccan father.
The attackers killed several people and wounded almost 50 people before being shot dead.
Former SAS commander Col Tim Collins has said intelligence “isn’t good enough”, adding that police needed to recruit informants from within the Muslim community and appoint Muslim officers. Collina said she urged them to detain her son and prevent him from going.
Associated Press writer Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed.
Neighbours in his east London neighbourhood of Barking said he spoke with a heavy London accent.
Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary and director of public prosecutions between 2008 and 2013, said existing human rights laws did not stand in the way of taking action against suspected terrorists.
In the aftermath of Saturday night’s attack, officials confirmed that seven people were killed and dozens of others injured. Police have made 25 arrests for hate crime offences since the attack.
Before the recent attacks, Brexit and domestic issues such as the state of the health service and the cost of care for the elderly had dominated the election campaign.
She warned that while police had managed to foil five attacks in recent months, it was possible they were witnessing the start of a wave of copycat assaults by freshly emboldened homegrown radicals.
Echeverria was last seen lying on the ground near London Bridge after he confronted the assailants with a skateboard.