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'Pak-born London Terrorist Was Trying for Job with Wimbledon Security Firm'

Pakistan-born British citizen Khuram Butt, the London Bridge attack ringleader, had been trying to get a job with a security firm that provides stewards for Wimbledon and other sporting events.

Updated:June 11, 2017, 12:19 PM IST
'Pak-born London Terrorist Was Trying for Job with Wimbledon Security Firm'
People leave as police attend to an incident near London Bridge. (Image: Reuters)

London: The Pakistan-born UK citizen and mastermind of London Bridge attack, Khuram Shehzad Butt, had set up a job interview with the security company that provides stewards to Wimbledon and other sporting events, British media report said on Sunday.

The report has raised security concerns and investigation has been launched to probe whether he had considered targeting the prestigious tennis tournament.

Security services and counter-terrorism police are now investigating 27-year-old Butt's motive in trying to get the job with the security company, the Telegraph reported.

Khuram Shazad Butt

Khuram Shazad Butt was shot dead by police following the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market.(Image: Reuters)

Citing well-placed sources, the paper said that Butt had set up the job interview with the security firm that supplies safety stewards to Wimbledon and to Premier League football clubs. The interview was scheduled to take place at the end of this month.

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"One possibility is Butt had considered targeting the tennis tournament but decided to speed up the plot, following the Manchester Arena bombing, and switched the attack to London Bridge," the paper said.

Butt had previously worked for six months on the London Underground until quitting in October.

Although he was under low­-level investigation by MI5 and counter­terrorism police, Butt was able to get a job working at Westminster station because employers are not made aware of security services' concerns when performing criminal records checks, the paper said.

"The security firm would check his background but it does not have access to the police watch list or have knowledge of any MI5 investigation. There would have been no reason for him not to get the job. Butt could not only have caused serious damage but potentially helped other terrorists to get into one of these events," the paper said, quoting a source close to the intelligence services.

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Butt and his aides Moroccan-origin Rachid Redouane and Moroccon-Italian Yousef Zaghba rammed a high-speed van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers at the nearby Borough Market, killing eight people before being shot dead by armed police officers last week.

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