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Irish residency card found on one of London attackers

A police officer leaves flowers near the scene in London
A police officer leaves flowers near the scene in London

Gardaí are investigating after an Irish ID card was found on one of the London Bridge terrorists.

RTÉ reports that a high level meeting between Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and security and intelligence officers in Garda HQ this morning to discuss the worrying development.

On Saturday night three attackers ploughed a rented van into pedestrians on London Bridge before abandoning the van and stabbing a number of people in the area.

Police shot all three –  who were wearing fake suicide vests –  within eight minutes, expending an 'unprecedented' 50 rounds.

The focus of this morning's meeting in Garda HQ will be to collate all of the information have on the man and his time spent in Dublin.

It is believed he was of Moroccan origin and was married to a woman from Scotland.

Authorities are liaising with UK police who are leading the terror probe.

The type of identity card found on the man is not yet clear.

A GNIB card, which is issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau or an Irish EU Fam card, which is given to non-EU nationals who are in a relationship with an EU national.

The man could have been legally resident in Ireland with either card.

Seven people died in the attack and 48 were injured. Of those wounded, 21 are critical injured in hospitals across the English capital.

So far, the identity of the three attackers is being kept under wraps by authorities but here is what we know so far about those involved:

:: One lived in Barking, east London, and had recently hired the van they used. He even spoke to a neighbour about where he could get one.

:: A friend told the BBC Asian Network he had reported him to the anti-terror hotline after he began expressing increasingly radical views and justifying terror attacks, but the friend said he was never arrested.

:: Residents at the Elizabeth Fry flats in King's Road, Barking - where a number of arrests were made on Sunday - said they recognised the attacker from a photograph and said he was of middle-eastern or Pakistani origin, had children, and had lived in the area for a number of years.

:: One neighbour described how the man once advised him of the need to be a faithful Muslim.

:: All three were wearing what looked like explosive vests, but these were later found to be hoaxes. At least one was wearing combat trousers.

:: Armed with 12-inch knives they shouted "this is for Allah" as they made their way through pubs and restaurants in Borough Market.

:: Addresses in Barking and East Ham were raided in connection with the attack.