Three men have been arrested in Ilford as police continue to investigate the London Bridge terror attack which left eight people dead and 48 injured.

Armed police arrested two men on an east London street at around 10pm on Wednesday, June 7.

One man, aged 27, was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts and the second man, 33, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.

A third man, 29, was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts at a house in Ilford.

Police are searching the house and a business in the area. All three men have been taken into custody at a south London police station.

This brings the total number of arrests up to 17 after the terror attack in London Bridge and Borough Market.

A 30-year-old man from Ilford was arrested at 1.30am on Wednesday, June 7, and a 27-year-old man was arrested in Barking on Tuesday, June 6.

Twelve others arrested in Barking on Sunday, June 4, have been released without charge.

Eight people were killed and 48 were injured when Khuram Butt, Rachid Radouane and Youssef Zaghba launched their attack shortly after 10pm on Saturday, June 3.

(l-r) Khuram Butt, Rachid Radouane and Youssef Zaghba

The three men drove a white transit into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing passers by in Borough Market. All three were shot dead by police.

Canary Wharf worker Ignacio Echeverría was confirmed as one of the dead on Wednesday, June 7. The Spanish banker for HSBC is believed to have tried to defend an injured woman in Borough Market by fighting off the attackers armed only with his skateboard.

The capital remains on high alert, and a controlled explosion was carried out near to the new US embassy in Wandsworth on Wednesday, June 7.

The Guardian reported that police used a bomb disposal robot after two unattended vehicles were reported near to the unopened embassy in Nine Elms.

Nearby roads were closed and residents were warned to stay indoors, but the Met later confirmed the vehicles were not suspicious.

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