London killers tried to hire 7.5 tonne truck

Jun 11, 2017, 08:54
London killers tried to hire 7.5 tonne truck

Also in the United Kingdom two men, aged 24 and 29, from Huddersfield, remain in custody after being arrested in Sheffield and Huddersfield, on suspicion of offences under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

Officers believe the jihadi gang used the makeshift leather belts, with water bottles covered in silver duct tape, to deter marksmen from shooting them, possibly because they meant to surround themselves with human shields.

"He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000", police said in a statement.

"Ever since the appalling attacks in Mumbai there have been other similar, what we would call, marauding terrorist attacks, we have tried to build up our capability, skill and understanding of how to tackle them".

- A middle-aged London man has given a awful account on how he fought terrorists during the London Bridge Terror Attack.

Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at New Scotland Yard, in London Saturday, June 10, 2017. "So we need, for example, people who are hiring vans and lorries out to just think about who these people are and if you have any concerns at all to contact us on the anti-terrorist hotline".

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It's been a awful week since the London Bridge attack, but Dick takes some pleasure in the way the city's buzzy street life has returned full force.

Following the terror attack, 12 were arrested and released within 24 hours without any charges pressed against them.

Earlier on Saturday police said a 27-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the attack during a raid in Ilford, east London.

Leading the investigation, commander Dean Haydon said: "It could be they had plans to take the attack in to a siege situation or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot".

It is not clear what they were doing as they journeyed around in the van, but one theory being considered by police is that they were searching for a suitable target, before finally settling on London Bridge.

Armed officers fired nearly 50 rounds, killing three attackers who had plowed a rented van into pedestrians on the bridge, killing three, then jumped out and stabbed Saturday night revelers in Borough Market, an area packed with bars and restaurants. Two blow torches were also found.

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Mr Haydon said: "It's feasible when you look at their actions, they were still fairly close to the van, there is a possibility they could have come back to the van".

Police said the three men - Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba - had driven up and down London Bridge twice before carrying out the attack, in what appears to have been a dry run.

Officers also released images of three ceramic pink knives, found either near or on the attackers.

The men were armed with identical 30-cm pink ceramic knives, strapped to their wrists with leather bound around the handle.

"There was no evidence uncovered of any attack-planning in relation to him", Haydon said.

She said: "I would suggest to people that London is one of the safest cities on the planet but of course we want you to be vigilant". The police also said that six other suspects remain in custody.

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