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London Bridge attacker was carrying ID card issued in Ireland

One of the London Bridge terror attackers was carrying an ID card issued in Ireland when he was shot dead, security sources in the Republic have confirmed.

Police chiefs in Dublin said they were liaising with counterparts in the UK amid reports that the killer had Irish papers.

"An Garda Siochana is providing every assistance to our colleagues in the London Metropolitan Police in relation to the terror attack in London," a spokesman said.

"We will process all requests from the UK authorities in relation to inquiries into individuals, identities or any other matter."

There are unconfirmed reports that the man who had been carrying the Irish-issued ID may have claimed to be from Morocco and that he was married to a woman from Scotland and had lived in Dublin.

Gardai are investigating whether the ID card belonged to the dead man and if the documents are legitimate.

It is understood inquiries are continuing into whether the man was given an Irish ID card issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

The plastic credit card-sized documentation is given to people from outside the EU. It has a person's certificate of registration which states they have permission to stay in Ireland. It must be carried at all times.

There are also inquiries into whether the man had been given paperwork after landing in Ireland to claim asylum or if he had an ID card issued under EU treaties which allowed him to live in Ireland with his family.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan was holding a meeting with the force's anti-terror and intelligence chiefs as they co-operate with the Met investigation.

Ireland's security and defence chiefs have kept terror threat levels in the country under constant review since the Manchester and London attacks.

The Department of Justice said the risk of an incident is "possible but unlikely".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, on a trade mission to Chicago, said the dead terrorist was not thought to have been under surveillance by Irish police.

"There are a small number of people in Ireland who are being monitored and observed in respect of radicalisation and matters relevant to that," Mr Kenny said.

"In this case these facts are being checked, but my understanding is that this individual was not a member of that small group."

Mr Kenny referenced the extensive visas that can be issued for non-Europeans to move to EU countries to be with family.

He added: "I think it better to establish the accuracy of the facts in this particular case which are being checked as we speak."

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