London Terrorist Attack Suspect Tried to Get Job at Wimbledon Security Firm

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

Haydon also theorized the attackers may have seen the belts as a protection from being shot by police.

Armed officers fired nearly 50 rounds, killing three attackers who had plowed a rented van into pedestrians on the bridge, killing three, then jumped out and stabbed Saturday night revelers in Borough Market, an area packed with bars and restaurants. The attack left eight people dead and dozens more injured. Police said on Friday that one of the attackers tried to rent a 7.5-ton truck, but payment was declined and they rented the smaller van.

Dean Haydon of the Metropolitan Police, who's leading the investigation.

Police released photos of the knives in the hope that a member of the public might recognize the knives and know about their source.

"So far we have over 250 witnesses, but I'm sure there's more out there, and I would appeal to them to contact us", Haydon said.

Soon after, police opened the van and discovered thirteen Molotov cocktails - firebombs made from wine bottles, filled with lighter fuel, perhaps intended for another wave of attacks.

"It's great to see people giving such a attractive thing to demonstrate the love people have for each other", he said.

'On the radio, I could hear officers up at London Bridge and outside the Mudlark [pub] who were doing CPR and they were calling for ambulances urgently.

Police said they were designed to create "maximum fear".

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.

In this image taken from video footage, people run from the scene of attack, alongside a man strolling holding a pint of beer, right, in London, late Saturday, June 3, 2017. The truck was smaller but similar to the one used past year in an attack that killed 86 people and injured hundreds in the French resort town of Nice.

"Where might the attackers have bought them from?" police said.

"When I come back to Butt trying to get hold of a 7.5-ton lorry - the effect could have been even worse", he said.

Three 12-inch pink ceramic kitchen knives were found with tape around the handles and leather straps attached to them to keep the weapons on the attackers' wrists. According to police, they look very authentic. If I charged at them, maybe I could take out one or two.

  • Zachary Reyes