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London Bridge terror attack: Inquests to open into victims’ deaths

PUBLISHED: 08:07 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:14 13 June 2017

Floral tributes are laid near Borough Market in London  following Saturday's terrorist attack (Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire)

Floral tributes are laid near Borough Market in London following Saturday's terrorist attack (Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire)

Inquests into the deaths of eight people killed in the London Bridge terror attacks are set to open at Southwark Coroner’s Court today and tomorrow.

The victims, clockwise from top left: Christine Archibald, 30, Kirsty Boden; 28, Sara Zelenak, 21, Sebastien Belanger, 36, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, James McMullan, 32, Ignacio Echeverría Miralles de Imperial, 39, and Xavier Thomas, 45. Picture: MET POLICEThe victims, clockwise from top left: Christine Archibald, 30, Kirsty Boden; 28, Sara Zelenak, 21, Sebastien Belanger, 36, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, James McMullan, 32, Ignacio Echeverría Miralles de Imperial, 39, and Xavier Thomas, 45. Picture: MET POLICE

The victims were killed on Saturday, June 3 when three attackers ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge with a white van before stabbing people in Borough Market.

The terrorists – Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, from Barking, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, believed to be from Ilford – were shot dead by police just eight minutes after the first emergency call was made.

Among their victims were Xavier Thomas, 35, from France, whose body was recovered near Limehouse after being knocked into the Thames, and Spanish-born Canary Wharf banker Ignacio Echeverria Miralles de Imperial, 39, who lived in Poplar.

James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, was also killed, as were Frenchmen Sebastien Belanger, 36, and Alexandre Pigeard, 26.

Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, died in her fiance’s arms, while two Australian victims have been named as nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, and Sara Zelenak, 21.

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