London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

Police arrested three men in east London Wednesday over the attack, taking them to police stations for questioning.

The police and intelligence agencies have tried to prevent complex, high-tech plots - such as those created to bring down commercial flights - but now they are dealing with a rash of less complicated attacks on soft targets, she said.

Questions have also been raised on Butt's appearance previous year in the Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of London's Metropolitan Police acknowledged that Butt, a British national born in Pakistan, was known to authorities.

The aim of the attackers seems to have been to replicate the attack in Nice, the officer said.

A documentary on British jihadists has been removed from Channel 4 and Netflix after it was revealed that it featured one of the men who carried out Saturday's terrorist attack in London. Seven people died and 48 were injured.

The fallout from the attack eclipsed all other subjects in the political campaign ahead of Thursday's general election, with both the ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour Party battling to defend their records on security. The company was looking into Italian media reports that Zaghba also was a former employee. The probe continued but was moved into "the lower echelons of investigations".

It was lowered once intelligence agencies were comfortable this wasn't the case.

"People are going to look at the front pages today and they're going to say, 'How on earth could we have let this guy or possibly more through the net?'"

"What happened in the last 12 weeks with the attacks in London and Manchester and with the five plots which we have thwarted, which had murderous intent and we stopped them, has only given my officers, my staff, the Metropolitan Police, more resolve, more determination", she said.

It also reported that officers had raided an address in Ilford, east London, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Eight people were killed before the assailants - Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba - were shot dead by police.

The married father-of-two, who worked for London Underground as a trainee customer services assistant for almost six months past year, could be seen in the programme arguing with police officers in the street, after displaying a flag used by IS in a London park.

A London mosque said Butt "infrequently" attended prayers there but was asked to leave after an incident a few years ago where he interrupted a Friday sermon, according to a statement from Jabir bin Zayd Islamic Centre.

He was also held on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts and taken into custody while police searched the two properties. All three have been claimed by the Islamic State group.

It is thought three victims were killed on the bridge - including one man who was thrown into the Thames - before the attackers left the vehicle and stabbed five people to death around Borough Market.

He added: "There was a male arrested, but I don't know who that was". It has been seen that terrorists are youngsters who have grown up in the neighborhood.

"We simply don't have the resources we need to provide the best service we can", he said in an interview following Monday's vigil.

Police also found a number of office chairs, bags of builders' gravel and a suitcase in the van.

As these details have emerged, Prime Minister Theresa May has faced questions about her record overseeing cuts to police numbers when she was interior minister.

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