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World Police release photos of London attackers' fake bomb belts

13:05  11 june  2017
13:05  11 june  2017 Source:   ap.org

Islamic State claims responsibility for London attack

  Islamic State claims responsibility for London attack <p>Islamic State claimed responsibility for Saturday night's attack in London which killed seven people and wounded dozens, the militant group's agency Amaq said on Sunday.</p>"A detachment of Islamic State fighters executed yesterday's London attack," a statement posted on Amaq's media page, monitored in Cairo, said.

LONDON (AP) — The London Bridge attackers wore fake suicide belts to create "maximum fear" as they carried out their rampage, police said Sunday. Police found petrol bombs and blowtorches in the van, which crashed on the bridge. Police are questioning six men over suspected links to the

An undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police in London depicted fake suicide belts worn by one of the London Bridge attackers .

An undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police, London, and made available on Sunday June 11, 2017 of fake suicide belts worn by one of the London Bridge attackers in the attacks of Saturday June 3 which killed several people and wounded dozens more. (Metropolitan Police London via AP) © The Associated Press An undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police, London, and made available on Sunday June 11, 2017 of fake suicide belts worn by one of the London Bridge attackers in the attacks of Saturday June 3 which killed several people and wounded dozens more. (Metropolitan Police London via AP)

LONDON — Police say the London Bridge attackers wore fake suicide belts to create "maximum fear" as they carried out their rampage.

The Metropolitan Police released photographs Sunday of the blood-splattered belts, which were made from plastic water bottles wrapped in duct tape.

Attackers Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba wore the belts when they mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge then stabbed people in nearby Borough Market on June 3. They killed eight people before being shot dead by police.

Police Commander Dean Haydon said the attackers may have worn the belts because they planned to take hostages, "or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot themselves."

Police are still appealing for witnesses as they piece together details of the attack.

Police first responder describes London Bridge attack mayhem .
One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks.But he also described how, within minutes, police had killed the attackers, ushered bystanders to safety and begun treating and evacuating the wounded.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.

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