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London Bridge attack inquest: One attacker seen cleaning his knife on CCTV

BBC News 08 May 2019 02:55
Clockwise: Chrissy Archibald, Sebastien Belanger, Kirsty Boden, Ignacio Echeverria, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas, Alexandre Pigeard, James McMullan

One of the London Bridge attackers was seen washing his knife and wiping it on his beard shortly after eight people were killed, an inquest has heard.

Khuram Butt, 27, was caught on CCTV cleaning his 12in pink ceramic knife inside the Black and Blue restaurant.

In the same footage an accomplice, Youssef Zaghba, 22, was seen having a drink from behind the bar.

Earlier, the inquest heard police kept shooting the attackers because they thought they had on explosive vests.

The Old Bailey inquest into the death of the eight victims heard armed officers from City of London Police shot Khuram Butt, Youssef Zaghba and Rachid Redouane after they drove a van into pedestrians, stabbed others, and confronted unarmed police officers shouting "Allahu Akbar" on 3 June 2017.

'Chilling'

Counsel for the coroner Jonathan Hough QC had warned the families of the victims in court that "distressing images" would be shown and that Butt's reaction was "the most chilling".

Mr Larner appeared not to react after he was stabbed twice in quick succession before he stood up and ran away.

Redouane was also seen, in other images, talking to an unidentified man and then walking away without attacking him, for reasons that are not known.

'In harm's way'

"They could see that the attackers were still moving," she said.

Neil McLelland, who was looking out of the window of the nearby Wheatsheaf pub, was hit in the head by a bullet and fell to the ground, while five other people were injured by shrapnel from the shooting.

Mr McLelland survived his injuries.

The second day of the inquest was also told one victim was killed after he tried to beat the attackers with his skateboard.

The officers had stepped in to help Oliver Downing and Marie Bondeville, who had been hurt by the trio.

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"He had taken his board from his rucksack and swung at the attackers and managed to hit them. [Rachid] Redouane retaliated, causing him to fall on the ground," she added.

Counsel to the coroner Jonathan Hough QC added: "It was a brief but furious assault."

BBC reporter Marie Jackson, at the inquest

The hearing gasped as the attackers' van was shown careering over London Bridge, knocking over pedestrians like skittles.

Other footage showed the attackers striding side-by-side through Borough Market, indiscriminately stabbing anyone in their path.

In the Black and Blue restaurant, the men stabbed customers with their knives before ducking behind the bar to swig some water from a tap.

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Ignacio EcheverriaDet Supt Rebecca RiggsRachid RedouaneChrissy ArchibaldKhuram Butt
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