London Bridge attackers ‘planned hostages’ as first pics of fake suicide vests emerge

“I have not seen this tactic in the UK before”

Dean Haydon

Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before knifing revellers in nearby Borough Market, killing eight.

The trio wore leather belts attached to the vests, with three water bottles covered in tape attacked to them.

And the Met Police believe this could have been done to force a hostage situation.


SCARE: Cops believe the terror trio used fake belts to try and take hostages

Leading the investigation, commander Dean Haydon said: “It could be they had plans to take the attack in to a siege situation or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot.

“I have not seen this tactic in the UK before where terrorists create maximum fear by strapping fake explosives to themselves.

“Anyone who saw them on the night would have thought they were genuine.”

Cops have also released images of the haul of weapons found inside the van, including molotov cocktails.

The van was also found full of bags of gravel and chairs, which could have been to add weight to the van.

But, 27, tried to purchase a much larger van to cause maximum destruction in the capital, but his credit card was refused.

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MAXIMUM FEAR: The fake belts were designed to scare victims

The warped killer and his two accomplices, Redoaune, 30, and Zaghba, 22, were shot dead by police who arrived at the scene in eight minutes.

Mr Haydon added that the killer’s vests were examined at the scene and found to be fake.

He said: “I can only assume they were part of trying to cause fear among people who came across them.”

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