Newly released footage shows unarmed UK police, passersby face Borough Market terrorists
Newly released footage shows unarmed British police and members of the public trying to apprehend perpetrators of the 2017 London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack.
On 3 June 2017, the three attackers — Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba — ploughed down pedestrians in a rented van before embarking on a knife attack at Borough Market.
The entire attack lasted around 10 minutes and claimed the lives of eight people. A further 48 were injured before specialist armed police shot the attackers dead.
Among those killed were Australian women 21-year-old Sara Zelenak and 28-year-old Kirsty Boden — a nurse who was killed while trying to save another victim.
The new footage shows last ditch efforts by first responders and members of the public to stop the attack before the perpetrators were killed.
“Straight away, I see that he has a vest, or suicide belt,” PC Bartzos Tchorzweski told the BBC.
“You just have no tools to fight with that kind of danger, so we made a decision to withdraw.”
Screams of “run” are heard on the video and show police officers retreating as they call for back up from armed officers.
“I guess we are police officers, so we have to do something,” Mr Tchorzweski said.
“Firearms officers have to know where to go, so at least we have to know where they are.”
Two bakers are also seen in the video, armed with a plastic crate and broom, ready to confront the attackers.
Soon after armed police arrived and fired dozens of shots, killing the terrorists.
Police feared the men may have tried to detonate the suicide vests they were wearing, however, the vests turned out to be fake.
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