London attacker tried to rent larger truck

The were shot and killed last Saturday night after they drove a van through pedestrians on the London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing eight and injuring scores of others.

The ringleader of the London Bridge terror gang tried to hire a 7.5 tonne lorry hours before the attack, police have revealed.

In a rare glimpse into the weeklong investigation, police released details on Saturday that showed Khuram Butt originally tried to rent a 7.5-ton truck.

The bloodthirsty terrorist gang that killed eight people and injured almost 59 more near London Bridge slashed their victims with bright pink ceramic kitchen knives.

When investigators searched the van, they found a host of improvised weapons, including 13 wine bottles apparently fashioned into Molotov cocktails, as well as two blow torches.

She said: "A Saturday night for London, a week after the awful attacks at London Bridge, is a chance for people to show the unity and resilience of this great city and the generosity of Londoners in getting out and raising money to help the survivors, the victims and their families".

The #terrorists had initially wanted to use a 7.5-tonne lorry and when their efforts to hire it online failed, they chose to use a smaller van.

Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, tore across the bridge on June 3 before running through Borough Market and stabbing those in their path.

He is thought to have driven the van, with Redouane and Zaghba in the back, into central London.

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As of Saturday, detectives had arrested 18 people related to the attack.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "We've been working round the clock to understand what these men did in the lead up to the attack, but we need to know more about these unusual knives".

It is not clear what they were doing as they journeyed around in the van, but one theory being considered by police is that they were searching for a suitable target, before finally settling on London Bridge.

He told the Press Association: "It is a very close-knit community and in a way people can draw strength from and resolve from this to move forward, and I hope you see that and you will see that when we re-open and as we move forward".

Mr Haydon said: "It's feasible when you look at their actions, they were still fairly close to the van, there is a possibility they could have come back to the van". "How did they know each other?"

The 12-inch, pink, ceramic kitchen knives made by Ernesto were wrapped with black duct tape around the handles to make them easier to grip.

During the attack, police say, all three men wore "hoax suicide belts consisting of plastic water bottles wrapped in grey duct tape". "We will be looking at intelligence and our processes, and asking ourselves the question: 'Could we have prevented such an attack?'", Haydon said.

"I asked my officers to form a cordon to stop the public from going into the market, and that's when the shooting started just behind us", he said.

Ms Dick said the threat to London and the United Kingdom is one many other countries are facing and remained defiant when asked about the future.

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