London bridge attackers tried to get a larger truck: Cops

The attack was carried out using ceramic knives and a rental van.

In the attackers' van detectives found 13 wine bottles, filled with lighter fuel with rags wrapped round them to make Molotov cocktail petrol bombs. The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police says the nationalities of the eight victims in the terrorist attack on London Bridge tell a proud story of London's unique makeup.

"My view at the moment is that he then went to plan B and ended up hiring the van instead". At 1838 GMT they left and two hours later the van reached London Bridge which they drove along twice before targeting pedestrians on the sidewalk on their third run.

Butt, 27, was on bail when the trio struck after being arrested over a "low level" fraud case, police said.

Haydon said the men may have been planning even more bloodshed if they had survived their stabbing spree and made it back to the van.

Last July, a 31-year-old Tunisian extremist rammed a 19-tonne truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring more than 400.

After his payment was declined, Butt and his two accomplices rented a smaller van that they used to plow into crowds before they leapt from the vehicle and went on a stabbing rampage in an attack that left eight people dead and almost 50 people injured. Where might the attackers have bought them from?

"Obviously we will be reviewing, for example, the number of armed officers we have and how they work, and a whole host of other things that are likely, from my point of view, to take more resources, and I will be asking for them".

The office chairs were possibly placed in the van by the attackers to convince friends and family they were in the process of moving furniture.

"The ceramic pink knives were found on or nearby the three attackers - Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba - after police shot them dead at approximately 22.16hrs on Saturday, 3 June", according to a police statement.

Mr Haydon said the belts were tested by explosives officers who found they were not viable. "They are a diverse bunch", he said.

Police released details of their investigation Saturday as they appealed to the public for information, saying that showed Khuram Butt, believed to be the plot's ringleader, originally tried to rent a 7.5 ton box truck.

The kitchen knives, each measuring about 12 inches, are branded Ernesto, police said.

Counter-terror officers held a 27-year-old man at an address in Ilford.

She said longtime Londoners value this worldwide aspect of the British capital.

At the bedsit, police discovered an English language copy of the Koran opened at a page describing martyrdom, pieces of cloth which appeared to match material wrapped around the petrol bombs, and water bottles similar to those used in the fake suicide vests.

Police also uncovered luggage straps, rolls of gray duct tape and plastic craft knives.

A huge investigation was launched in the wake of the attack, with 18 people arrested so far.

And on March 22 this year, five people were killed when a man rammed his auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London before stabbing a police officer outside parliament.

The attack began with the van driving back along the pavements of the bridge, running down three pedestrians before crashing outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub opposite London Bridge station.

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".

  • Zachary Reyes