A brother-in-law of 27-year-old Muslim extremist Khuram Butt made the comment as police swooped to arrest 12 people over the atrocity in raids across east London. Butt was one of three men who embarked on a stabbing rampage in London on Saturday night.
Seven people were killed and 48 injured, with a number of victims having their throats slit, before police marksmen brought the violence to an end.
The sister of one of the killers is believed to be among those held in East Ham.Her husband told The Sun: ‘I don’t know anything. We haven’t been told what’s going on. We just want to grieve in peace.‘
It has also emerged Butt held a farewell barbecue at his flat in Barking.
Neighbour Ramou Grant told Good Morning Britain: ‘Last week he called for a barbecue and invited all of us. [I’m] thinking, “was this a send-off?”.’
Amid a series of revelations last night, it was claimed that a friend of the suspect had reported him to the anti-terror hotline after he became radicalised by watching extremist videos onYouTube.
It was also alleged that police were warned about the 27-year-old radicalising children in a local park two years ago, giving them sweets and money.
And yesterday, a photographer captured a detective carrying secret notes which appeared to suggest a man embroiled in the investigation had been quizzed by police last year.
A friend who called the anti-terror hotline said: ‘I did my bit, I know other people did their bit but the authorities did not do their bit’.
The Telegraph claims that counter-terrorism officers were watching a terror cell in Barking on the eve of the terror attack.
Gardai in Ireland have confirmed that an Irish ID card was found on the body of another of the killers, Rachid Redouane, 30, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan.