The third terrorist behind the London Bridge attack was identified Tuesday as Youssef Zaghba, a Moroccan-Italian man arrested last year on suspicion of trying to reach Syria, according to reports.
The 22-year-old was the son of an Italian mother from the northern city of Bologna and a Moroccan father who held passports from both countries, Italian media reported.
Youssef Zaghba in an undated photo
At the time of the attack, Zaghba was working in a London restaurant and continued to have contacts with his mother in Italy, where he visited in 2016, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported.
He was stopped in Bologna as he was about to board a plane for Turkey, with the apparent intention of joining ISIS jihadists fighting in Syria, Agence France-Presse reported, citing Italian media.
Despite finding ISIS propaganda videos on his cell phone, authorities failed to uncover enough evidence of links to terrorism to prosecute him and he was released.
Italian authorities tipped off Britain about his movements. They also notified British and Moroccan security services about his status as a potential militant, according to the reports.
Zaghba — who was born in the Moroccan city of Fez in 1995 — had broken off relations with his father, Reuters reported, citing the Corriere della Sera.
After a period living together in Morocco, his parents separated and the mother returned to Italy, the paper reported.
British police did not immediately comment about the man on Tuesday.
“We haven’t released anything at the moment, nor are we confirming anything but as soon as we are ready to name him, it will be on our website. We’re hoping to get that out soon,” a London police spokesman said.
The other two attackers were identified Monday as Pakistan-born Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Radouane, 30, both from Barking.
The three men were shot dead by police after killing seven people and wounding 48 others in the Saturday night rampage.