Hero officers who shot London Bridge terrorists dead return to frontline

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The hero police officers who shot dead the London Bridge terrorists have returned to the frontline.

An inquiry into the deaths of Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba was fast-tracked allowing the officers to return to work sooner.

It is nearly 100 days since the armed response unit helped prevent more deaths when the terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a knife frenzy in Borough Market.

They killed eight people and injured 48 but the death toll would have been much higher had it not been for their actions.

One of the responding officers, who knew the situation he was going into, jumped out of his car with his firearm ready when normally he would have stayed with the car.

source told the Standard: ‘They obviously knew exactly what they were confronting, they went in knowing what they were going to have to face.

‘They needed all the firepower they could get.’

Police spoke to more than 870 witnesses and went through 4,500 pieces of evidence, including 530 digital devices, as part of their investigation.

The head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism, Command Commander Dean Haydon, said: ‘We look back now 100 days after an event that will live with us, our officers, the survivors and the families of those brutally killed for a life time.

‘I’d like to pay tribute to the show of strength and resilience in the way the emergency services, London and its communities responded to this terrible attack.

‘The threat from international terrorism remains at severe and we are continuing to work with colleagues around the country and our security partners to do everything we can to prevent further attacks in London and the rest of the UK.

‘I urge Londoners to be vigilant and alert at all times. If they see or hear anything suspicious, then they should contact police confidentially on 0800 789 321.’





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