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London Bridge terror attack could have been much worse

Andrew Cummings | 11 June, 2017, 10:38

He said: "I have not seen this tactic in the United Kingdom before where terrorists create maximum fear by strapping fake explosives to themselves".

The three terrorists, who were all wearing hoax suicide vests, travelled together in a red Vauxhall Corsa from Barking in east London where they lived, to the Harold's Hill area where they collected the van around 5.30pm.

Eight people were killed in the attack and the three attackers were also shot dead by the police.

Mr Haydon said it was hard to speculate to what end the attackers wore the belts, although it may have been to take hostages or as a defensive strategy.

"It makes the bravery of those police officers and members of the public who tackled the terrorists even more remarkable".

Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before knifing revellers in nearby Borough Market, killing eight.

Writing in the newspaper, he described the moment three potential suicide bombers broke through a locked door. If I charged at them, maybe I could take out one or two. "We can not for a second assume there is no one out there who is not intent on highly elaborate methodology; there probably are, so we need to secure our airliners". Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 86 people in Nice, France, when he plowed through a large crowd celebrating the national Bastille Day last July.

"I heard a number of shots started ringing out and a lot of shooting going on".

"We need to know more about these unusual knives".

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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".

She officially started the job less than three weeks after Khalid Masood drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and then stabbed a policeman to death in the grounds of parliament.Then, eight weeks later, three Islamists staged a carbon-copy attack on London Bridge.The spate of recent attacks - the deadliest in Britain since four British Islamist suicide bombers killed 52 people on the London transport system in July 2005 - thrust security and policing to the fore of the campaign for last Thursday's election.Prime Minister Theresa May, a former interior minister, came under particular scrutiny for cuts to the police.Asked if the Metropolitan Police needed more resources, Dick said: "We will want more resources to help us and I am sure the same will be being said in the intelligence agencies".

After leaving the vehicle, the terrorists used 12in ceramic knives with pink blades in a stabbing spree.

Police have arrested 19 people in connection with the attack.

"In terms of our witnesses that we've spoken to so far, out of the 300 odd people, there are about 20 different countries of origin".

Earlier, the security forces released 12 detainees without pressing charges against them.

Met Police confirmed to CNN that Butt was out on bail at the time of the attacks, having been arrested in a low-level fraud offense in October 2016.

They were urged to contact the police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or visit gov.uk/ACT and complete a secure form.

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