London attack: Police find body in Thames, death toll raised to eight

A Canadian, a French national and a Briton were among the dead, while other French people, a Spaniard, Australians and a New Zealander were among the 48 who were injured in what Mrs May called "an attack on the free world".

A video in the British media showed armed policemen encountering the terrorists, who drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed people in the nearby Borough Market. It was the third such deadly attack in Britain in three months. The Italian intelligence had apparently flagged up to its British counterparts worries about the third attacker, the Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba.

Police also disclosed that multiple petrol bombs were discovered in the van, and a copy of the Qur'an opened at a page "describing martyrdom" was found at one of the attackers' houses.

Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames.

Prime Minister Theresa May urged voters not to allow terrorism fears prevent them from voting on Thursday. One of those they were most concerned about was Butt. The Times said they were filmed "laughing, joking, and hugging as they plotted their murderous rampage".

"Sara's family and friends are devastated".

Police arrested three men in London Wednesday night in connection with the attack, bringing the total number of people now in police custody to five.

All three were wearing fake explosive belts. A CNN report has since claimed that he was on the watchlist of Italy after being "stopped at the Bologna airport by Italian airport police in March 2016 as he was trying to board a plane bound for Istanbul".

The marksmen involved soon returned to duty, joining a manhunt as police believed there could still be attackers on the loose, it added.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Detectives investigating the London Bridge terror attack have carried out a search warrant at an address in east London in the early hours of Wednesday June 7".

Since the attack, 17 people have been arrested, 12 of whom have since been released without charge. They have not been identified or charged.

"Something very sad, very hard, is becoming more handsome and grand, making us appreciate even more our brother, our family, our friends and our country", said Ana.

Butt, 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan who was known to security services, while Italian authorities said they warned the United Kingdom that 22-year-old Zaghba was a "possible suspect".

  • Leroy Wright