London Bridge attack inquest jurors retrace terrorists’ steps

Jurors have retraced the last steps of the London Bridge terrorists as they examine the moments before they were shot dead.

Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, were stopped by police marksmen 10 minutes after they embarked on a van and knife attack which left eight people dead and 48 injured.

Their Old Bailey inquest has heard how they had ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge in a hired van and crashed into railings on the evening of June 3 2017.

London Bridge terrorists, left to right, Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba
London Bridge terrorists, left to right, Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba (Metropolitan Police/PA)

They got out wearing fake suicide vests and rampaged around Borough Market, stabbing members of the public.

On Wednesday, the jury panel of five women and six men met Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC outside the bustling food market which lies near the south bank in the shadow of The Shard.

Bollards were laid across Stoney Street by the Southwark Tavern to stop traffic during the site visit.

As the jury arrived, shoppers were milling around stalls stocked with fruit and vegetables as City workers grabbed morning coffees.

The jury was escorted by police in plain clothes and court staff as they examined the spot where the attackers were stopped in their tracks two years ago.

On Monday, jurors saw graphic CCTV footage of the attackers’ final stand-off with police.

The men had set upon their last victim, Antonio Filis, when three firearms officers arrived in an Armed Response Vehicle (ARV).

An armed officer, identified only as BX46, was first to get out of the ARV and shouted at Butt to stand still.

Butt advanced towards him and the officer stepped back before opening fire just at 10.16pm, jurors were told.

The other two attackers then ran towards officers BX44 and BX45 before they too were shot, the court has heard.

Afterwards, Mr Filis, who survived, was shown on police body-worn video with blood pouring from his wounds.

Jurors have been told a separate inquest had concluded on Friday into the deaths of the victims, Xavier Thomas, 45, Chrissy Archibald, 30, Sara Zelenak, 21, James McMullan, 32, Kirsty Boden, 28, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sebastien Belanger, 36, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39.

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