London Bridge attackers 'may have planned siege'


All three of the attackers wore the belts, which were still attached tot them when they were shot dead.

London Police on Sunday released images of the fake explosive belts worn by three militants who killed eight people during attacks in central London last week.

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.

After killing three people, injuring many more, and crashing their vehicle, the suspects abandoned the van and rushed to the nearby Borough Market restaurant area, where they began to randomly stab people with ceramic knives.

Dick, an Oxford University graduate, was appointed London's first female police chief and Britain's top officer in February, taking charge of a force of 43,000 officers and staff with a budget of more than 3 billion pounds ($3.8 billion).

Police also found the attackers had hired a flat at Barking, south London, as the safe house for them to prepare the attack, in which petrol bombs have been found.

"Oh no. In less than a split second, I knew that my approach had to change; I couldn't just attack".

"We had no idea what was going on, we didn't know if it was us shooting or if the bad guys had guns", Cole said in the account.

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Australian Candice Hedge was working at Elliot's Cafe in Borough Market when attackers Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba launched their van and knife rampage. Five people died of stab wounds, and nearly 50 people were wounded in the attack. He later found a police auto to get a man who had been stabbed in the stomach to a hospital.

"I then heard more shouting and a stream of people came out of the market screaming and panicking".

He continued: "If I charged at them, maybe I could take out one or two".

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, supported by the Territorial Support Group, arrested at an address in Barking, east London, on Sunday.

All of the 48 wounded people who were taken to hospitals survived.

Spain's Foreign Ministry says a British autopsy concluded that Ignacio Echeverria, the Spaniard who confronted assailants during last weekend's attacks in London, died after being stabbed in the back. That was a really nice, unexpected moment.

"It wasn't really until the next morning that it sunk in and I thought 'crikey, that was pretty major, '" he said.