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London Bridge attackers had tried to hire a truck

Last July's attack in Nice, France, when a 19-tonne truck was driven into crowds, killing 86 people

Michael Holden 

The three Islamists who killed eight people after driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then attacking nearby revellers had initially tried to hire a 7.5 tonne (8.3 ton) truck, the head of the UK capital’s counter-terrorism unit said on Friday.   Commander Dean Haydon also revealed that the men had a stockpile of petrol bombs in the back of their van and carried out their deadly attack with pink ceramic knives. Officers also discovered a Koran in their safe house, opened at a page on martyrdom. The discoveries, especially of the plan to hire a truck, suggested ...

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First Published: Sat, June 10 2017. 20:49 IST
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