Investigations are still going on to find out about the people responsible for the London Bridge terror attack. Scotland Yard has already named two terrorists who were behind the attack: Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane. Meanwhile, Butt’s final WhatsApp status has been revealed. His final message was added on May 10, 2017, even though he kept using the messaging service until Wednesday, May 31.
It has been revealed that Khuram Butt, also known as Abu Zaitun or Abs, last used the WhatsApp messaging service at 6:59 p.m. on Wednesday. However, his last status message was put out days before that. It is a quote from the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. The Quran 94:6 verse tells about the relief that comes through hardship.
“ALLAH says (Quran 94:6) – Indeed, with hardship, comes ease.”
The Mirror has revealed that Butt’s profile picture on WhatsApp is about another verse from the Quran.
“Speak justice, speak kindly, speak politely, speak fairly, speak gently, speak graciously, speak not in vain,” it said.
Even though Khuram Butt’s WhatsApp profile picture tells about speaking politely and graciously, he apparently did not practice what he preached. He was known for his extremist views that he never bothered to hide.
Recent developments have revealed that he was a part of a Channel 4 documentary, The Jihadis Next Door. In the documentary, Butt posed with the black flag that is typically associated with ISIS terrorists. He did so in Regent’s Park in the center of London.
In the documentary, he challenged police officers while they tried searching the leader of al-Muhajiroun, a banned extremist group. Khuram Butt, who was a member of the group, got angry because the officers touched the leader.
“Why are you touching him?” he asked them.
Khuram was among other extremists who were detained by police in 2015. They were, however, released without having been arrested. There are other instances of Butt getting involved in verbal altercations. Khuram was known for his association with hate preacher Anjem Choudary. During a rally in May 2013, Choudary was challenged by Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation. The chief executive of the Muslim organization that promotes Islamic tolerance confronted Choudary for his alleged support of terrorism.
Khuram Butt got angry about it and called Shafiq a “Murtad.” In Arabic, the word means traitor. He also accused Shafiq of being a government stooge, the Telegraph reported.
Despite being on terror watch, Khuram Butt was never really arrested by police. Investigations against him were going on even when he launched the London Bridge terror attack. The 27-year-old tried to fool the public with a fake bomb strapped to his chest. At the end of the terror attack that lasted eight minutes, police shot Butt dead.
People have raised questions why Butt was not arrested earlier, even though his association with the banned extremist group was not a secret. Soon after the 7/7 bombings in 2005, al-Muhajiroun was banned. Its sister organizations are known for having links with ISIS.
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According to witnesses, Khuram Butt was seen around Borough Market around a week before the London Bridge terror attack. One of Butt’s former friends has claimed that Butt was radicalized after watching YouTube videos. The friend apparently got alarmed about it and contacted the police. This was, however, not the only time Butt was reported to anti-terror police, as his neighbors were also concerned about his extremist views. Mohammed Shafiq questioned the authorities.
“I am not surprised that Khuram Butt carried out the terrorist attack and there are serious questions for the authorities.”
The 27-year-old British citizen was born in Pakistan. He lived in Barking, East London, where the other terrorist Redouane lived as well.
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