London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck
London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck
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11 June, 2017

The three London Bridge attackers had planned to hire a 7.5 tonne lorry to carry out last week's attack, British police said Friday, however they failed to provide payment details.

And strapped to the trio's waists as they leapt from its doors were fake suicide belts, composed of plastic water bottles wrapped in grey duct tape.

Butt had been warned by police on two occasions - once for fraud in 2008 and once in 2010 for assault.

Met police said that counter-terrorism officers had so far spoken to 262 people from 19 different countries as part of the investigation.

The warped killer and his two accomplices, Redoaune, 30, and Zaghba, 22, were shot dead by police who arrived at the scene in eight minutes.

Before three suspected terrorists went on a killing rampage on 3 June in London, they loaded their van with gravel and explosives, tied a knife to one of their wrists, and left a Qur'an open to a passage about martyrdom.

Large trucks have been used in other ramming attacks in Europe and have caused higher numbers of casualties.

The massive police probe into the attack continues and by today, 20 arrests have been made and 13 buildings searched.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dick said she understood that people were concerned about security after the attacks in London and Manchester, but that the British capital would not be intimidated.

"We also need to watch out for those who may be inspired by these recent attacks", said Haydon.

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"We're not looking for a wider network", said Haydon, head of London's Counter Terrorism Command, adding that officers were still trying to piece together how the three men had met.

After his payment was declined, Butt and his two accomplices rented a smaller van that they used to plough into crowds before they leapt from the vehicle and went on a stabbing rampage in an attack that left eight people dead and almost 50 people injured.

Mr Cron said he feels safe and reflected on the response to the attack, saying: "Some of the heroes that came out of the attack".

Cops have also released images of the haul of weapons found inside the van, including molotov cocktails.

The killers' ringleader Butt tried to hire a much bigger 7.5-ton lorry, but his card was declined.

The knives the men used each measures 12 inches and are branded Ernesto.

Officers also released images of three ceramic pink knives, found either near or on the attackers. Once across they turned around and travelled back the way they came, before turning around at the top and setting off on their final deadly journey, ploughing into pedestrians as they went.

Haydon said it remained a fast-moving investigation, but said police now had a clearer understanding of the movements of the terrorists on the day in question. They said they had not found evidence of anyone else being involved in the plot - or inspiring the attackers to carry it out.

She said: "At the present time I do not regard what I have seen as an intelligence failure, but everybody would expect us to look at what has happened and to ensure that both we learn everything that we can, and that we improve and improve and improve".


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