Police foil new terror plot as they arrest three people planning attack

South Australian nurse Kirsty Boden was also tragically killed in the London attack.

The raids by detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, supported by armed police, are not connected to the London Bridge attack, Scotland Yard said.

It was the third terrorist attack in the United Kingdom in as many months, and came less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester.

Previously unreleased CCTV footage has made its way to social media, showing the moment armed police officers killed three terrorists who launched a vicious attack on Londoners last week.

The video shows the final moments of the attack that started when the three rammed a van into pedestrians on busy London Bridge late Saturday.

He was one of the first officers on the scene of the attack and has been hailed a hero for taking on the three attackers armed with only his baton.

Butt had appeared in a television documentary called The Jihadis Next Door, as one of a group of men who unfurled an Islamic State flag in a park and who had connections with known radical preachers.

He was not charged, but local police monitored him carefully and said they had tipped off Britain when he subsequently moved to London.

Police have named the attackers - who were all shot dead - as Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Moroccan-Italian man who lived in east London; Khuram Butt, 27, from Barking; and Rachid Redouane, 30, who also lived in Barking.

"I feel like I did what any other person would have done", he said. Eight people died in addition to the attackers, and nearly 50 others were taken to hospital.

All were arrested in Ilford, east London, one on drugs charges and two on terrorism charges.

A third man, aged 29, was also arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts in Ilford during the Wednesday-night operation.

  • Zachary Reyes