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London attacker Rachid Redouane 'tried to travel to Northern Ireland'

Rachid Redouane was married in Dublin in 2009

LONDON terror attacker Rachid Redouane attempted to travel to Northern Ireland by ferry after being refused asylum in Britain, it has been claimed.

It has been reported that the 30-year-old was detained by Scottish police in 2009 after being found in possession of a fake passport.

Two years later Redouane married a London-born woman, Charisse O'Leary, in Dublin and was able to travel freely throughout the UK and Ireland.

Gardaí have said he was not on their radar in relation to any offences while living in the state.

Ms O'Leary, who had a daughter with Redouane before their separation, said yesterday she was "deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions of my ex-partner who has killed and injured so many innocent people".

The attacker's Irish links have prompted concerns that the Republic is being used as a "back door" for extremists.

Irish Muslim leader Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri said this week he had repeatedly warned gardaí that there people in the country supporting terror groups.

Garda commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said yesterday its Armed Support Unit, which responds to terrorist incidents, will be bolstered with an extra 20 members by next year.

Irish authorities are also investigating whether another of the London attackers, Khuram Shazad Butt, had spent any time in Dublin.

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