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Terror ringleader tried to hire 7.5-tonne lorry hours before London attack

11 Juin 2017

It turns out that attacker Khuram Butt originally tried to rent a 7.5 tonne truck, similar to the one used in the Bastille Day attack in Nice that killed 86 people and injured hundreds more past year.

Investigators believe 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.

Butt had two accomplices to carry out the terror attack on June 3, which resulted in the death of eight people, and wounded nearly 50 others.

According to details released by police, the truck they hoped to rent was similar to - while smaller than - the truck used in the brutal Nice, France attack in 2016 where 86 people died and hundreds were injured.

The truck which the assailants wanted to hire was similar to the one used in Nice attack in France past year, which killed more than 80 people.

The attempted truck hire failed because Butt failed to provide payment details.

Shortly before 1700 GMT, Butt received a text message confirming his hire of a Renault van instead.

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. People have been urged to show the world their "resilience, unity and defiance" a week on from the London Bridge terror attack by enjoying their Saturday night in the capital.

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Cole said that soon the situation "began to stabilize", with the attackers dead and the immediate threat contained.

All three terrorists in the London Bridge attack were killed by United Kingdom police responding to the scene.

Metropolitan Police Commander Dean Haydon praised the bravery of the police officers and members of public who tackled the three - despite the possibility they could have been killed in an explosion.

"In the worst case scenario your staff, patients and visitors could be killed or injured, and your premises destroyed or damaged in a "no warning", multiple and coordinated terrorist attack". Police have seven people in custody over suspected links to the three attackers who killed eight people on and around London Bridge on June 3. Investigators believe that gravel was meant to increase the weight of the van or as a justification for renting the vehicle.

"The terrorists were coming in and I saw that they looked like they had suicide vests on", he said.

The gang crashed the vehicle into railings and then ran through Borough Market, randomly stabbing more terrified victims at bars and restaurants, before armed officers arrived and shot them dead.

Witnesses described seeing the 39-year-old Echeverria using a skateboard against attackers before he fell to the ground during last Saturday's attacks on and near London Bridge. Where might the attackers have bought them?

"We've been working round the clock to understand what these men did in the lead-up to the attack but we need to know more about these unusual knives", he said. It was here that an English-language version of the Quran was discovered, which lay open on a page which described martyrdom, along with swatches of cloth closely resembling that used in the petrol bombs.

Terror ringleader tried to hire 7.5-tonne lorry hours before London attack