London attack: Police release photos of fake explosive belts

Andrew Cummings
June 17, 2017

Also Sunday, police released photos of the hoax suicide belts worn by the three attackers, saying their realistic appearance showed the heroism of police and bystanders who confronted them during the rampage.

The phoney bombs were simply disposable water bottles wrapped in silver and black tape and attached to leather belts, although they were designed to create "maximum fear", police said.

'Anyone who saw them on the night would have thought they were genuine'.

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. Dozens of people were injured before the three attackers were shot dead by police.

Many bars which took people in on the night of the attack are due to re-open on Sunday.

A woman views floral tributes to the victims of the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market one week after the incident, Saturday, June 10, 2017.

The London Bridge terrorists, who had a stash of Molotov cocktails in their van, wanted to use hostages as human shields in a bloody siege, police have revealed.

They say the attackers may have planned even worse carnage.

He continued: "If I charged at them, maybe I could take out one or two".

'On the radio, I could hear officers up at London Bridge and outside the Mudlark [pub] who were doing CPR and they were calling for ambulances urgently.

In that report it was also mentioned that the terrorists had used highly unusual pink ceramic knives in their stabbing attack.

The 41-year-old and his officers rushed to Borough High Street and made their way on foot to the market where the attackers were looking for people to kill.

Detectives have so far spoken to 262 people from 19 different countries and, of these, 78 are considered significant witnesses although officers are appealing for more to come forward.

Police have released 12 others who had been arrested in the early days of the investigation.

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