Police release images of London attacker's fake explosive belts

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2017

Police are questioning seven suspects over suspected links to the attackers, Pakistani-born British citizen Khuram Butt, Moroccan Rachid Redouane, and Youssef Zaghba, an Italian national of Moroccan descent.

Large trucks have been used in past ramming attacks in Europe and have caused higher numbers of casualties.

During the attack, they wore suicide belts created to make the public and police believe they would detonate themselves if approached.

Dean Haydon, the Metropolitan police commander who is leading the counter-terrorism investigation, said the fake suicide belts made the courage of police and members of the public who confronted the terrorists even more remarkable.

The statement further explains, "The attackers had wound duct tape around the handles and in Butt's case, a leather strap had been attached to the handle and was hung around his wrist".

"I have not seen this tactic in the United Kingdom before where terrorists create maximum fear by strapping fake explosives to themselves", said police commander Dean Haydon, who is leading the investigation.

Cdr Haydon praised the courage of police and bystanders who tackled the killers, despite the apparent danger of the "explosives".

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. The belts were still being worn by them when they were shot dead by armed officers.

A police officer has explained how he helped hundreds of people hide in a pub basement during the London Bridge terror attacks, potentially saving many lives.

The question remains how the men met and knew one another but police said Saturday they did not suspect a wider plot.

Police also released photos of the van the attackers used to mow down people on the bridge, the BBC report said.

The van was packed with sacks of gravel and chairs, possibly to increase its weight as a "battering ram".

Inside the van, they found 13 supposed Molotov cocktails - made from wine bottles and an apparent flammable liquid - and two blowtorches, according to the news station.

They also arrested a 28-year-old man in Barking, where the attackers had a safe house.

Police said they found in the residence an English-language copy of the Koran opened at a page describing martyrdom, as well as pieces of cloth that appeared to match material wrapped around the petrol bombs and water bottles similar to those used in the fake suicide vests.

Another said: "They (the attackers) can't harm what London is".

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