Today, the British police said that the assailants behind last week’s London’s terror attack had also prepared a conceal of Molotov cocktails and initially tried to hire a truck rather than a van to cut down pedestrians. In a statement Metropolitan Police said forensic officers examining the white rental van found 13 wine bottles with rags wrapped around them which is believed to be filled with a flammable liquid as well as two blowtorches.
Last Saturday, in the London Bridge area which is a popular nightlife district, three attackers with a van struck pedestrians and then went on a stabbing spree wearing fake suicide vest.
Before three assailant khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Ridouane and Youssef Zagba eight people were killed and were shot dead by police and forty eight people were injured.
Before carrying out the attack, Butt had tried to hire a 7.5-tonne lorry hours, but was turned down because the payment was unsuccessful.
Counter terrorism command chief Dean Haydon told reporters, ” He could not get hold of that lorry Because of the fact that his payment method failed.”
Haydon said, “At that moment my view is that he then went for plan B and ended up hiring the van. Butt was trying to get hold 7.5 tonne lorry, when I come back after the effect could have been even worse.”
Haydon went on to say that when you look at their actions, they were still very close to the van and there is a possibility that they could have come back to the van.
” Was there a plan B that they had stabbed individuals, were then they planning to come back to the van and ignite the Molotov cocktails and that was a secondary attack?I can only surmise because We don’t know.”
Over the past years the Trucks have been used in a string of terror attacks in Europe.
A 31 year old Tunisian extremist rammed a 19 tonne truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera city of Nice last year in july and killed 86 people and injured more than 400.
A 24 year old Tunisian ploughed a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin, last year in December by killing 11 and wounding dozens.
And this year on 22 March, five people were killed when a man rammed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London before stabbing a police officer outside parliament.
On Friday the police released pictures in which one man with a pink coloured 12 kitchen knives used by the attackers, as they appealed to the public for any information.
The police said,” we need to get all the information about these unusual knives like Where are they from? Where the attackers have bought them from? “
The police believed that the one of the properties that they searched in the east London, borough of Barking was the attackers safe house from where they prepared all thing about the attack.
One Officers while searching for the house found an English language copy of the Koran, which is opened at a page that describes martyrdom, they also found bottles smelling of petrol and some bottle of lighter fluid.
According to the initial reports, In Barking and nearby Ilford area, the police searched 12 properties and arrested 18 people so far, but only five of them remain in custody and 13 were released without any charge.