The terrorist attack in London: new details

Hours later, he and the two others plowed.

A 28-year-old man was held on suspicion of terror offences following a raid in east London, Scotland Yard said.

Police released additional details from its investigation; most notably, Butt tried online to rent a larger, 7.5-ton truck that could have killed more people, but his payment was declined.

Officers believe the jihadi gang used the makeshift leather belts, with water bottles covered in silver duct tape, to deter marksmen from shooting them, possibly because they meant to surround themselves with human shields.

Butt was also arrested for fraud last October but was about to be told by prosecutors he would face no further action. They all had the same black insulating tape around the handle, and were tied to the killers' wrists with shoelaces.

Had the Pakistani-origin London Bridge attacker succeeded in hiring a 7.5 tonne truck, the number of casualties in the carnage would have been much higher, the British media reported on Saturday.

Although the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge attack, police have said there was no evidence that the perpetrators - Pakistani-born Briton Khuram Butt, Italian Youssef Zaghba and Rachid Redouane, who had links to Libya, Morocco and Ireland - were directed by anyone else, either in Britain or overseas.

Metropolitan Police in London appealed for information about the ceramic knives used in the June 3 attack that killed eight people.

Identical knives, with the brand name Ernesto, were carried by Rachid Redouane, 30, and 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba. The pair are not connected to either London or the Manchester terrorism attacks.

In total, 19 people have been arrested in connection to the attack.

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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. Pomfret said Rank had called a meeting at the embassy about the U.S. withdrawal.

"Where might the attackers have bought them from?" police said.

"Many witnesses we've spoken to have provided extremely helpful accounts of the attack", Haydon added, "but we are still missing pieces of the picture".

An undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police, London, and made available yesterday shows the interior of the van used in the London Bridge attacks. Once across they turned around and travelled back the way they came, before turning around at the top and setting off on their final deadly journey, ploughing into pedestrians as they went.

Soon after, police opened the van and discovered thirteen Molotov cocktails - firebombs made from wine bottles, filled with lighter fuel, perhaps intended for another wave of attacks.

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

'I told them that we had armed officers outside, everyone was safe and there was a nice big round of applause and cheering - that was really good'.

Bound with black tape, the 12-inch weapons which helped kill and maim revellers last Saturday were ceramic, possibly so the murderers could avoid metal detectors, police believe.

"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.

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

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