He may have been hoping to lay hold of the Qur’an’s promise of Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (9:111).
“London attacks: incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market confirmed as terrorism – live,” by Claire Phipps, Guardian, June 3, 2017:
Photo shows man ‘with canisters strapped to body’
Pictures have been circulating showing a man on the ground; he appears to have canisters strapped to his body.
The Guardian is not showing his face until his identity and connection to the incident has been established.
The photo was taken by Gabriele Sciotto, a Juventus fan, who said he was on his way home after watching his team play in the Champions League final. “I had just been watching the football at The Sheaf pub and I left. I was trying to figure out which way to go home and I went the wrong way.”
As he walked down Park Street he said a man came running towards him. “He was maybe 35. He was saying ‘run away, there’s a terrorist attack going on’. There were other people around and they started to run away.”
Sciotto, a documentary maker, instead walked on:
I’m a documentary maker. I was doing what I’m trained to do.
It was dark, but behind him I could see three men at the other end of the street. They were about 20m away. It was quite confusing – it took me a few seconds to work out what was going on.
Sciotto said he saw them run in the opposite direction into Borough Market:
There was one policeman there, inside Borough Market. He was trying to scare them away. They ran towards me because the police officer was trying to chase them.
The three men ran out of Borough Market and turned left into Stoney Street towards the Wheatsheaf pub:
Suddenly lots and lots police came from the other direction. There was a lot of shouting. ‘Stop, stop, get on the floor’, stuff like that. Then the police shot them.
The 25-year-old took pictures of the men after they had been shot, lying on the floor:
I could see one of them moving still. There was blood. I could see the police were scared.
The policeman in Borough Market, he was trying to make sure that no one was hurt. He was trying to get them outside. The police reaction was very quick….