Police fired 50 shots to kill 3 London attackers

London (CNN)Armed officers responding to the London Bridge terror attack fired an “unprecedented” number of rounds at the three attackers because they were wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, police said.

Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, said eight officers fired 50 shots at three attackers, to ensure they were neutralized.
The suicide belts were later discovered to be fake, suggesting that the attackers deliberately used the belts to ensure they would be killed. Rowley said he was “not surprised” at the response.
Seven people died and 48 were injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before leaping out and launching a stabbing spree in nearby bars and restaurants.
One of the victims was from Canada, according to a statement from the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed there was “too much tolerance” of Islamist extremism in the UK as she vowed a clampdown in the wake of the third terror attack to hit the UK this year.
Police arrested 12 people Sunday after carrying out raids in Barking, east London. They also confirmed that 36 people remained in hospital with 21 of those in critical condition.
Speaking to reporters, Rowley described the scene faced by officers when they arrived at Borough Market on Saturday night and explained why they used 50 rounds of bullets.
“The situation these officers were confronted with was critical — a matter of life and death — three armed men, wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately,” he said.
Rowley paid tribute to a transport police officer who ran towards the assailants armed only with his baton.
He also confirmed that a member of the public had sustained a gunshot wound during the shooting.
His condition was not life-threatening.
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