And word from amongst those of us in East London who keep an eye out for the 'faces' is that he had a connection with Anjem Choudary as well. From Yahoo News and the Daily Mail.
London Bridge attack that left seven people dead and 21 fighting for their lives appeared in a national TV documentary and was known to security services, it has emerged." data-reactid="31" type="text">One of the terrorists in the London Bridge attack that left seven people dead and 21 fighting for their lives appeared in a national TV documentary and was known to security services, it has emerged.
The 27-year-old extremist from Barking, east London, who has only been named as ‘Abz’ at the request of Metropolitan Police, appeared in a Channel 4 programme about British jihadis last year. In the documentary, he was filmed alongside notorious hate preachers, praying before an Islamic State (Isis) flag in Regent’s Park in London.
The suspect, third from left, was known to police (Channel 4)
Last night, it emerged that ‘Abz’, who is believed to have been born in Pakistan but raised in the UK, worked at a branch of KFC and, later, London Underground.
Some of those who knew him said his extremist views were well known, while others reacted in disbelief. He was caught on camera alongside two notorious preachers who were well known to police and intelligence officials because of their extremist views.
A friend of the suspect had reported him to the anti-terror hotline after he became radicalised by watching extremist videos on YouTube and police were also warned about the suspect radicalising children in a local park two years ago, giving them sweets and money.
Erica Gasparri, an Italian mother of three who lived close to him, said she confronted him for trying to “brainwash” her children. She said: “He was trying to radicalise the children, he would go down to the park and talk to them about Islam. He also came to the houses and gave the kids money and sweets during Ramadan.”
Gardai in Ireland have confirmed that an Irish ID card was found on the body of another of the killers - who is believed to have been born in Morocco but living in Dublin. Police say he was living in the Rathmines area of the Irish capital with his Scottish wife but he was not on their radar.