UK Police have released pictures of the London attackers’ fake suicide gear, made of plastic water bottles duct taped to leather belts.
The UK Police have released pictures of the London attackers’ fake suicide gear, which were made of disposable, plastic water bottles duct taped to leather belts.
Dean Haydon, the police commander leading the London attack investigation, said: “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. It is hard to speculate what the motive was for wearing the belts.” his statement read.
“It could be that 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 themselves.”
Last week a group of three men had ran over pedestrians and went on a stabbing spree in Borough Market, in London. The three terrorists who carried out the attack were identified as Youssef Zaghba, Rachid Redouane and Khuram Butt. Haydon continued to praise the police officers who had shot all three assailants dead at the scene.
“If you are fighting back or aiming a shot at someone wearing the device you would clearly be very aware that you could be caught in an explosion.” he said.
The police had arrested 20 people from the scene that night. Seven are currently still detained. It was also recently discovered that the attackers had previously planned to rent a truck instead of a van and were prepared to use Molotov cocktails.
According to the Forensics police officers, they found two blowtorches and “13 wine bottles with rags wrapped around them and believed to be filled with a flammable liquid” in their van after the attack had taken place.”