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The ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack was a former Underground and KFC worker known for his extremist views.

The 27-year-old attacker, who can only be identified as 'Abdul' at the request of police, was a home-grown jihadi who came to the UK from a village near Lahore in Pakistan as a child and spent his life in Barking, East London.

But in recent years he had become increasingly radical and was twice reported to anti-terror authorities, it has been claimed.

He even appeared in TV documentary about British jihadis and was questioned by police after an Islamic State flag was unfurled in a park.

The revelations will put further pressure on Britain's security services after Manchester bomber Salman Abedi also appeared to have slipped through the net before carrying out the atrocity.

A neighbour recognised this picture of the killer in an Arsenal away shirt (Photo: AFP)
Police raided a number of addresses in barking, East London, on Sunday (Photo: PA)

Abdul was well-known in his local community, with one mother claiming she confronted him for trying to brainwash her children with extremist religious views in a park.

A neighbour said he immediately noticed the Arsenal away shirt Abdul was wearing after being shot dead by police outside the Wheatsheaf pub on Saturday night.

He said: "I looked on Twitter and saw one of the terrorists who had been shot by police and he looked 90 per cent like my neighbour - he was even wearing the same Arsenal shirt that I had seen him in at 5pm that evening."

A number of arrests have been made in the Barking area today (Photo: PA)
Searches are still ongoing (Photo: REUTERS)

Officers unleashed a hail of bullets after the trio used a hired van to mow down pedestrians on one of the capital's busiest bridges.

They then leapt from the vehicle and began knifing people at random in bars and restaurants.

According to The Times, Abdul is the only one of the Pakistani attackers positively identified so far.

He lived in a block of flats with his wife and two young children which was raided by police early on Sunday.

Ken Chigbo, 26, who lives in the same building, described him as "really sociable" and said the killer had invited him to a barbecue just last week.

"I know he was quite a devout Muslim, I heard him talking about the Koran," said Mr Chigbo.

"He would preach to young Muslims at the flat.

"Sometimes up to six people quite regularly.”

Twelve people have been taken into custody (Photo: PA)

An online CV suggests the attacker worked for Transport for London and took a course in teaching English as a foreign language.

He also worked at fast-food chain KFC but quit around two years ago, according to a friend.

"He began stopping his neighbours in the street and asking them if they had been saying their prayers and when they had been to the mosque."

One man who knew the killer told the BBC he had become so concerned by his extremist views he rang the anti-terrorist hotline.

He claimed the attacker was not arrested and was allowed to keep his passport.

Locals in Barking said they had raised concerns about the killer (Photo: REUTERS)

Erica Gasparri, 42, said she had also raised concerns.

She said Pakistani terrorist Abdul would sit in a park opposite Northbury Primary School in Barking with two other men and talk to local children.

The mum-of-three said he would offer the kids sweets in order to groom them and claimed to be "teaching them about religion".

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9 hours ago, jkvlondon said:

why because pakistanis haven't ever groomed youngsters for dawah , haven't ever been two-faced kattards. 

Just find the way the news comes out in any of these terrorist attacks to be fishy, almost like they have all the post-event stuff prepared - it never takes say, a week for the background of the killers to come out

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22 minutes ago, Premi5 said:

Just find the way the news comes out in any of these terrorist attacks to be fishy, almost like they have all the post-event stuff prepared - it never takes say, a week for the background of the killers to come out

most of it is cut and paste to be fair , the same old cliches , some speculation ...some bewildered non muslim who thought they were ok . .. besides seems most of the time they were well known anyhow by govt agencies 

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On 6/5/2017 at 8:34 PM, Guest He was BrahminMuslim said:

I suppose it makes sense given that Prophet Muhammad was from the Brahmin caste that looked after the Kabba idols

Muhammad isn't Brahmin, he's from the Quraysh tribe. If your going to expose Pakhandis at least know what your talking about. The Hindu caste system didn't exist outside of the Subcontinent

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