London Bridge attackers used knives bought from Lidl, inquest hears

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Rachid Redouane buying ceramic knives at a Lidl store

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The terrorists behind the London Bridge attacks used 12-inch knives they bought from Lidl, an inquest has heard.

Eight people were killed and 48 more were hurt when Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, launched their van and knife attack on June 3, 2017.

The 12-inch pink Ernesto ceramic knives used in the attack were purchased by Redouane at an East Ham branch of the budget supermarket chain on May 14, the day after a barbeque to celebrate the birth of Butt's daughter.

He was captured on CCTV purchasing the weapons at the store's self-service checkout.

 Rachid Redouane pictured buying knives at Lidl

And on May 30, Redouane went back to the same Lidl to buy wine bottles for the makeshift petrol bombs, which were left in the van the three attackers used to run over pedestrians.

DNA analysis suggested Redouane also made the fake suicide belts also uncovered in the van, with help from Zaghba, the Old Bailey heard.

The terrorists could have targeted Oxford Street, but diverted to London Bridge last-minute, according to acting detective chief inspector Wayne Jolley.

The court was told a mobile phone was later found in the van with directions to the busy shopping district.

Police shot and killed the three terrorists just 10 minutes after the attacks - which spanned London Bridge and Borough Market - began.

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