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London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck

Youssef Zaghba third terrorist MET POLICE GETTY NAMED Youssef Zaghba was revealed to be the final London Bridge terrorist
Earnest Maxwell | 11 June, 2017, 07:36

The Mayor of London said the city will stand united in grief for the eight people who were killed, adding that one of the greatest things about the capital is "how we pull together in the face of adversity".

Police said three men - Khuram Shazad Butt, 27; Rachid Redouane, 30; and Youssef Zaghba, 22 - rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge last weekend before launching a stabbing spree in bars and restaurants at nearby Borough Market.

In an account of the June 3 attack released by the Metropolitan Police, Cole said he arrived at Borough Market to find "casualties on the pavements".

He said every available police auto was filled with police officers and they rushed to London Bridge.

Instead they hired a Renault van from a firm in Harold Hill, Romford, in east London, reports the Guardian.

In the early hours of Saturday, the police arrested another man, 28, at a residential address in Barking, also on suspicion of preparing terrorists acts. The pair are not connected to either London or the Manchester terrorism attacks. Tape was wrapped around the handles.

There were blow torches for lighting these "Molotov cocktails".

Haydon appealed for more witnesses to come forward.

Police raided Redouane's small residence on Tuesday and said he had been renting it since April.

Inspector Jim Cole, who was scrambled from his south London police station, said the response was "like something out of a Battle of Britain film" as officers piled into vehicles and raced to the scene.

Since the attack, 20 people have been arrested, with 13 buildings searched. All but five have been released. In the residence, police said they found an English-language copy of the Quran 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.

The question remains how the men met and knew one another but police said Saturday they did not suspect a wider plot.

The 41-year-old Southwark Safer Neighbourhoods officer was getting ready to finish his shift and go home to his family when the call came in just after 10:00pm (local time) on June 3. He had also been repeatedly reported to police for violent behaviour and trying to recruit young children to the Islamic State group as well as featuring in the documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, where he was seen next to a group of men unfurling a black-and-white flag scrawled with Arabic script and associated with the Islamic State group.

Butt had been on bail after being arrested for fraud in a case in October, police said.

"I. saw a few injured people who were bleeding - including a man who had been stabbed in the stomach - and we got them to safety in the pub", he said. Still, he did not have any criminal convictions.

She said: "I would suggest to people that London is one of the safest cities on the planet but of course we want you to be vigilant".

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