London attack: Men ‘planned to use 7.5 tonne lorry’ – BBC News

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Image caption Attackers drove into individuals strolling throughout London Bridge prior to stabbing others in neighboring Borough Market

The London Bridge assaulters attempted to work with a seven-and-a-half tonne truck to perform their attack, cops state.

But the 3 guys stopped working to offer payment information and the automobile was not gotten, triggering them to utilize a smaller sized van from a DIY shop rather.

The males drove into pedestrians on the bridge prior to stabbing individuals in Borough Market 7 days earlier.

Police stated the males connected 12in (30cm) pink ceramic knives to their wrists and had fuel bombs in the van.

Eight individuals were eliminated and lots more were hurt in the attack, which started quickly prior to 22:00 BST on 3 June.

Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba have actually been called as the aggressors, who were all shot dead.

Two arrests

Scotland Yard desires more witnesses to come forward and is likewise attracting business who hire vans to report any suspicious activity.

Early on Saturday, cops stated they had actually jailed a guy, 27, on suspicion of preparing terrorists acts, after performing a raid in Ilford, east London, connected to the attack.

At 02:05 BST, cops likewise detained another guy, 28, at a property address in Barking, likewise on suspicion of preparing terrorists acts.

In its most in-depth description of the attack yet, the Metropolitan Police stated the males had actually likewise leased a flat in Barking, east London, to utilize as a safe home.

Inside, they discovered a copy of the Koran opened at a page explaining martyrdom.

They likewise found devices for making gas bombs, plastic bottles and duct tape for building phony suicide bomb belts, and an ID card for Redouane.

Forensic work at this flat has actually identified that they acted alone.

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Image caption The males connected blades to their wrists prior to the attack

The examination has actually concluded that 27-year-old Butt was the ringleader. He worked with the van utilized in the attack from a B&Q shop in Romford on the early morning of the attack.

He is believed to have actually driven the van, with Redouane and Zaghba in the back, into main London.

At 2 minutes prior to 22:00 BST, the van crossed London Bridge heading south. 6 minutes later on it returned, crossing over the bridge once again and making a U-turn at the northern end.

The attack started with the van driving back along the pavements of the bridge, diminishing pedestrians, 3 of whom passed away, prior to crashing outside the Barrowboy and Banker club opposite London Bridge station.

The guys leapt out clutching the ceramic kitchen area knives. Authorities state the weapons were potentially picked to avoid them being gotten by metal detectors.

They stabbed individuals who had actually been delighting in the location’s dining establishments and bars, eliminating 5.

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Image caption Police discovered products in the van perhaps utilized as a reason for having actually worked with the lorry

Police were called within 2 minutes and got here 8 minutes later on, eliminating the enemies in what officers stated was an “unmatched” volley of 46 bullets.

When rundown press reporters, Commander Dean Haydon stated the authorities – from the Met and City of London forces – had actually revealed “extraordinary bravery”.

He included: “We have stories of individuals equipped with chairs, bottles, anything they might get their hands on with a view to attempting to avoid the opponents concerning bars and bars however likewise terrifying them off to avoid other individuals being assaulted.”

He detailed the actions of 4 individuals who put their lives at danger to combat back and assist the hurt:

  • A medical professional at a dining establishment heard yelling and “without any regard for his own security” ran outside to get a hurt male and bring him throughout the bridge
  • A public relations expert heard the van crashing and provided very first help to a guy who had actually been stabbed – in spite of the risk
  • A dining establishment employee attempted to eliminate off an aggressor who was available in and stabbed a girl in the back
  • An off-duty policeman was stabbed in the stomach as he attempted to deactivate among the enemies

The huge authorities examination into the attack continues and by Saturday there had actually been 20 arrests and 13 structures had actually been browsed.

So far, 282 witnesses from 19 nations have actually been questioned however cops still desire more individuals who saw what occurred to come forward.

In the back of the white Renault van utilized in the attack officers discovered bottle filled with a combustible liquid with rags connected to their necks. There were blow torches for lighting these “Molotov mixed drinks”.

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Image caption Bottles with combustible liquid and ties around the top were likewise discovered in the hire van

The 3 males had actually included bags of structure gravel and a number of chairs – potentially to recommend a factor for having actually employed the van.

Scotland Yard stated it wished to speak with anybody leasing vans who may have suspicions about a client.

Police are likewise appealing for info about the “distinct” pink “Ernesto” brand name knives the males were bring.

They stated they had actually not discovered proof of anybody else being associated with the plot – or motivating the assaulters to bring it out.

The Met exposed Butt had actually been apprehended for bank scams in October 2016 however was not charged. He had actually been opening accounts and closing them once again, perhaps to wash cash.

Police likewise verified there had actually been a call about him to an anti-terrorism hotline, however no proof was considered that he was preparing an attack.

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Image caption A variety of bridges in main London now have actually “increased security procedures” such as barriers

However when he appeared in a Channel 4 documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, in 2015, officers did see the program. They chose it was “deeply abhorrent” however not proof of criminality.

Mr Haydon explained the present horror alert as “unmatched times”. Given that March, there have actually been 5 prepared attacks of which 2 were avoided and 3 performed – in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge.

“The pace has actually increased,” he stated, including that officers at Britain’s intelligence services were “working flat out”.

“Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Barriers” have actually been contributed to main London bridges to avoid cars being driven onto the pavement.

Meanwhile, cops are dealing with “renowned places” and music celebrations to enhance their security over the summer season.

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