British police arrest 27-year-old man in London Bridge attack probe

Marco Green
June 11, 2017

Police on Friday also released pictures of one of the pink-coloured 12-inch ceramic kitchen knives used by the attackers, as they appealed to the public for any information. In a rare glimpse into the weeklong investigation, police released details on Saturday that showed Khuram Butt originally tried to rent a 7.5 ton truck. "My view at the moment is that he then went to plan B and ended up hiring the van instead".

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

An undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police, London, and made available on Sunday June 11, 2017 of fake suicide belts worn by one of the London Bridge attackers in the attacks of Saturday June 3 which killed several people and wounded dozens more.

Haydon went on to say that "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". But his attempt echoed last July's attack in Nice, France, when a 19-tonne truck was driven into crowds, killing 86 people.

Eight minutes after police were alerted, armed officers arrived at the scene and fired 46 rounds, killing all three men. There also were two blowtorches.

It could be that 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 themselves.

Officers from the Metropolitan London Police's Counter Terrorism Command arrested a 28-year-old man at a residential address in East London at 2:05 a.m., police said.

There they found an English-language copy of the Koran which had been left open on a page describing martyrdom, along with other items linked to their attack.

Inside the van, gravel, chairs and a red suitcase can be seen, which detectives believe were props for a cover story the terrorists used to justify the rental to their families.

Haydon acknowledged that Butt had links to al Muhajiroun, a banned group headed by cleric Anjem Choudary. Detectives expect further searches and arrests in the coming days. "We don't know - I can only surmise".

He said: "There were three identical knives - each attacker had one of those in their hand, wrapped with some kind of leather binding".

Police were also reviewing security at "iconic sites", crowded places and major events, and refreshing advice to theatres, bars, shopping centres and sports venues.

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