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London Bridge attack: police lawfully killed terrorists, inquest finds

The three terrorists whose rampage left eight people dead at London Bridge were lawfully shot dead by armed police officers after they “ignored clear warning shouts”, an inquest jury has found.

The jury deliberated for three and a half hours before coming to its decision.

During the June 2017 attack the men first ran over pedestrians on London Bridge, then stabbed Saturday night revellers in 10 minutes of carnage.

It only ended after armed officers who rushed to the scene confronted them in Borough market, only for the three attackers to charge at them clutching 12-inch knives.

Dramatic video shows armed officers firing, in one case from just 60 centimetres away. They shot attack the ringleader, Khuram Butt, and his accomplices, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba, all of whom lived in east London.

Firing continued after the attackers had been shot because they were wearing what appeared to be suicide bomb belts, and officers feared their movement showed they were still trying to detonate them.

In all police fired 46 shots at the terrorists to end the UK’s first “marauding” attack, where perpetrators run through a crowded area. The bomb belts turned out to be fakes, made up of plastic canisters.

At least six bullets struck both Butt, 27, and Redouane, 30. Zaghba, 22, was hit by at least two bullets

Last month the inquest of the eight victims ended with the coroner, Mark Lucraft QC, clearing MI5 and police of failing to prevent the terror attack despite having Butt under investigation since 2015 – a decision criticised by the families.

He did criticise the failure to erect protective barriers on the bridge to thwart a vehicle attack three months after an attack on Westminster Bridge.

Lucraft, the chief coroner for England and Wales, is expected to produce a report containing recommendations to prevent future deaths.

The eight victims were Chrissy Archibald, 30, from Canada; Sébastien Bélanger, 36, a chef; Kirsty Boden, 28, a nurse from Australia; Ignacio Echeverría Miralles De Imperial, 39, from Spain; James McMullan, 32, from Brent, north-west London; Alexandre Pigeard, 26, a French restaurant worker; Xavier Thomas, 45, a French national; and Sara Zelenak, 21, an Australian national.


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