‘Shocked and appalled’: Families of London Bridge terrorists condemn attack
Both the relatives of Khuram Butt and the ex-partner of Rachid Redouane distanced themselves from the extremists.
Families of the London Bridge attackers have expressed their disgust at the murderous rampage which left eight people dead on Saturday.
Both the relatives of Khuram Butt and the ex-partner of Rachid Redouane distanced themselves from the extremists, saying the atrocity had left them shocked.
Their condemnation came as footage emerged online appearing to show the moment armed police gunned down the three knife-wielding terrorists.
In the CCTV, the trio can be seen rushing at a passing pedestrian near Borough Market, raining down a series of blows while police cars approach.
The marksmen are charged as they train their guns on the attackers, with one knifeman, who appears to be Butt, swinging his weapon wildly towards an officer.
A volley of gunfire in unleashed during the melee and all three perpetrators are felled within seconds, the footage shows, eight minutes after the emergency services were first called.
During the confrontation, brave passers-by can be seen throwing missiles in the direction of the gang and their last victim is shown stumbling away at the end of the clip.
Separate video published by The Times shows the conspirators meeting in the dead of night on May 29, five days before the attack.
According to the paper, the images were captured near Butt’s gym, the Ummah Fitness Centre in Ilford, east London, and show Redouane placing his phone on the floor, before the men move down the road for 10 minutes.
Butt wore an Arsenal shirt and a fake suicide belt during his bloody spree and was later pictured sprawled on the concrete outside the Wheatsheaf pub.
On Wednesday, the 27-year-old’s family said they were “shocked and appalled” by his actions.
In a statement, they wrote: “As a family we are shocked and appalled by the actions of Khuram and his associates.
“We strongly condemn these actions.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families at this time.
“Now more than ever we need to work together to stop the actions of the mindless few who claim to be acting in the name of Islam.”
As the fallout from the atrocity continued, all eight people killed in the massacre were identified, while a further 10 victims remained in a critical condition.
The ex-partner of 30-year-old Redouane earlier spoke of her shock at discovering he had inflicted the outrage on the capital.
Full statement from Charisse O'Leary, ex-wife of London Bridge attacker Rachid Redouane pic.twitter.com/lJIzJOqwB2— Press Association (@PA) June 7, 2017
Charisse O’Leary said she has “shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrific incident”.