THE lone wolf terrorist may have struck in revenge for the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, experts said.
Security chiefs believe they know who he is and checks were under way to try to establish if he had any associates.
Anti-terror chiefs think it is likely he will be one of the 20,000 jihadi suspects in the UK on the radar of police and MI5.
They also believe the attack location, near where three terrorists killed eight people in 2017, suggested a jihadist motive.
Colonel Richard Kemp, ex-COBRA security committee chief, said: “If he turns out to be an Islamic terrorist, he was likely inspired by Islamic State.
“It is even possible his action was in revenge for al-Baghdadi’s death. It’s something ISIS has called for since the US Delta Force raid in Syria.”
The attack came after the terror threat in the UK was reduced from “severe” to “substantial”.
Chris Phillips, a former head of the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office, said the repeat of the London Bridge target hinted at a terror motive.
Met Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu said extra cops would patrol this weekend over fears of a copycat attack and to reassure the public.
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