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Police 'found Molotov cocktails' in back of hired van used in London Bridge terror attacks

Mirror logo Mirror 6/06/2017 Rhian Lubin
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Police found Molotov cocktails in the back of the hired van used in the London Bridge terror attacks.

According to Sky News, the Metropolitan Police are currently examining what appears to be Molotov cocktails found in the van used by the attackers.

At least a dozen bottles filled with clear liquid, which had rags stuffed in their tops, were found in the back of the hired van, and police had treated them as though they were petrol bombs.

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British police and security services had previously investigated one of the Islamist militants who carried out Saturday's attack in London, but with resources scarce, he was not deemed enough of a threat to warrant close monitoring, police said on Monday.

The news raise questions both about the police's judgement, and increases pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who three days before a national election is facing criticism for overseeing cuts to police during her years as interior minister.

Imams and members of the Muslim community arrive to lay flowers near the scene of the London Bridge terrorist attacks, on June 7, 2017 in London, England. The third attacker has been named following the attack on Saturday night in London Bridge and Borough in which eight people were killed and forty eight were injured. Incident on London Bridge In Britain's third Islamist attack in as many months, three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before running into the Borough Market nightlife area, where they slit throats and stabbed people indiscriminately.

Seven people were killed and dozens wounded.

All three attackers were shot dead by police, who made at least a dozen arrests in east London on Sunday and carried out further raids on Monday morning.

Police named two of the attackers on Monday and said they were trying to identify the third.

One, 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt, was a British citizen born in Pakistan who had already been investigated by police and Britain's domestic spy agency MI5.

"However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned, and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly," police said.

Another attacker, 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, went by the alias Rachid Elkhdar and claimed to be Moroccan or Libyan, police said. He and Butt lived in the same area of east London.

One of Butt's neighbours, Ikenna Chigbo, told Reuters he had chatted with Butt - known locally as "Abz" - just hours before the attack on Saturday and said he appeared "almost euphoric".

"He was very sociable, seemed like an ordinary family man. He would always bring his kid out into the lobby."

Another neighbour, Michael Mimbo, told Reuters that Butt supported the north London football team Arsenal.

One of the dead attackers has been pictured wearing an Arsenal shirt. Mimbo said Butt had grown a longer beard and worn traditional Islamic dress more often over the two years he had known him, but showed no sign of radicalisation.

"As an individual he was a cool, calm guy. One of my friends would let Abz babysit his daughter," Mimbo said.

Police said they had arrested 12 people in the area but they have all been released without charge.

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