London attackers had Molotov cocktails, tried to hire truck

The intended truck was smaller but similar to the one used in the Nice attack previous year that killed 86 people and injured hundreds in the resort town in the south of France.

Meanwhile, Britain's counter-terror chiefs said they are launching a major drive to train festival workers in the wake of the three deadly attacks.

Haydon said since last Saturday they had taken 262 statements from people from 19 different countries and numerous global inquiries were ongoing relating to the attackers and the victims.

On Tuesday night, a man's body was recovered from the Thames River, which runs under London Bridge, Metropolitan Police said.

The latest in a series of raids across London took place in Ilford in the early hours of this morning, when a 30-year-man was arrested in connection with the attack.

Scotland Yard said seven women and five men aged between 19 and 60 have been arrested under the Terrorism Act.

On the subject of whether the attackers were on the "subject of interest" list, the Met said: "Khuram Shazad Butt was known to the police and MI5".

"I managed to escape him, but my friend Alexandre did not have that chance", he said.

The recent terror attacks have fuelled a political row over police funding and cuts.

A third French citizen has died following last week's terror attack on London Bridge, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday, taking the overall death toll to eight. He did not identify the victim, but British police said the next of kin of 45-year-old Xavier Thomas were informed. At least two of them were known to British intelligence, which prompted questions about what could have been done to prevent the mass killing.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Reaction to the attack has dominated the final days of campaigning before Thursday's general election in Britain.

He said: "Once a suspect is out of our country, it's the responsibility of others to investigate and monitor him as they think is appropriate".

Butt was also arrested for fraud last October but was about to be told by prosecutors he would face no further action.

"We're pushing the British authorities because, frankly, this isn't the kind of thing that can go on and on", Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told the news agency Efe earlier in the week, according to The Guardian.

  • Zachary Reyes