Police release photos of London attackers' fake bomb belts

Alicia Cross
June 12, 2017

Police arrested 20 people after the attack and seven remained in custody on Sunday.

The three men rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge on June 3 before going on a stabbing rampage at bars at nearby Borough Market. "The kitchen knives, each measuring 12 inches, are branded Ernesto and are ceramic, rather than metal".

While investigating the backgrounds of the attackers, it was revealed Butt was out on bail relating to a fraud case from October 2016. "It is this knife that police have released images of today".

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They say the attackers may have planned even worse carnage. "If you know anything about these particular types of knives, please let us know - it could prove a crucial lead in our investigation". London #Metropolitan Police on Saturday released photos of the fake belts and other information relating to the attackers.

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The phoney bombs were simply disposable water bottles wrapped in masking tape, although they were designed to create "maximum fear", Scotland Yard said. The belts were still attached to the men when they were fatally shot.

Commander Dean Haydon, who is leading the investigation, said: "I have not seen this tactic in the United Kingdom before where terrorists create maximum fear by strapping fake explosives to themselves". Ho said he couldn't attack them as one of them might detonate what he believed was a genuine suicide belt and kill them all.

Mr Haydon said it was hard to speculate to what end the attackers wore the belts, although it may have been to take hostages or as a defensive strategy. It could be that they had plans to take the attack into a siege situation or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot themselves. Butt tried to rent a 7.5-ton box truck, but his payment was declined and he rented a smaller van instead.

He rented a different van later that evening.

The belts were still attached to the suspects when they were shot dead.

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