Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck to kill more people

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck to kill more people

A photo of the peculiar blade used by one of the attackers in the June 3 incident was released Saturday by the Metropolitan Police.

Senior police officers have expressed concern and have announced plans to work with communities to combat the growing trend of violence.

(Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP).

Police investigating the London Bridge terrorist attack have spoken to 262 people from 19 countries, with 78 described as "significant witnesses". People have been urged to show the world their "res". Where might the attackers have bought them?

Also inside the van were office chairs and a suitcase which police say had been stacked inside the vehicle as a cover story to their families to explain why they had hired the van.

Twelve other people who were detained in the wake of the van and knife attack in London were released without charge.

She said: "We, in this city, have experienced terrorism for as long as I've been alive and we have always been able to step up and deal with a new threat and that's what we're going to do here".

"We had no idea what was going on, we didn't know if it was us shooting or if the bad guys had guns".

"I spoke with the 200 frightened people in the basement and told them that there were armed officers outside, we were safe and we would evacuate them as soon as we could and I got a big round of applause".

The British Red Cross's Saturday Night for London fundraising drive to support the victims of the attacks has raised over £700,000 since Sunday, and is backed by Borough Market where the knifemen attacked people enjoying a night out.

2017 has seen an unprecedented 34 people die, and 218 people injured in three separate attacks by Islamist extremists on British soil.

"I then heard more shouting and a stream of people came out of the market screaming and panicking".

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said, "We've been working round the clock to understand what these men did in the lead-up to the attack but we need to know more about these unusual knives".

Police said they found "13 wine bottles with rags wrapped around them and believed to be filled with a flammable liquid", as well as two blowtorches in the battered white van.

All of the 48 wounded people who were taken to hospitals survived.

He also said the attack has made staff think about how they would react and respond should something similar happen in future.

Realising a number of casualties were lying on the ground and that the public were petrified, Cole decided a nearby pub would be the safest place for people to shelter.

"That was a really nice, unexpected moment", he said.

"Immediately, I thought it would be terrorist-related", the 41-year-old said.

"I'm not going to let someone with a insane ideology change what I do on a Friday or Saturday night".

The tree attackers who rammed into pedestrians at high speed on London Bridge on June 3 were earlier identified by the police as Rachid Redouane, Youssef Zaghba, and Khuram Shazad Butt.

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