One of the London bridge jihadist attackers, Khuram Butt, “washed his knife and wiped it on his beard in a ‘chilling gesture’ after killing eight people at London Bridge and Borough Market, an inquest has heard.”
The beard is an important symbol of honor to Allah for Salafists, so it would follow that Khuram Butt’s “chilling gesture” was intended as a form of worship as he murdered innocents in the name of Islam. Screaming “Allahu Akbar is another expression of reverence which the London bridge attackers shouted as they “charged into the Boro Bistro courtyard” and went on their stabbing spree in a “brief but furious assault”.
Salafists “like to let their beards grow long and wild, often leaving their upper lip clean-shaven as a nod to how the Prophet Mohammed wore his own beard 1,400 years ago.” To illustrate an example of just how important the beard is to some Islamic adherents, some years ago in Pakistan, a “Christian barber is badly beaten and sodomized by an angry mob for cutting a Muslim’s beard.”
“‘Chilling’ footage shows London Bridge terrorist wipe knife on beard after killing eight people”, by Jack Hardy, The Telegraph, May 8, 2019:
terrorist washed his knife and wiped it on his beard in a “chilling gesture” after killing eight people at London Bridge and Borough Market, an inquest has heard.
Khuram Butt, 27, was caught on CCTV cameras cleaning his 12 inch pink ceramic knife inside Black and Blue restaurant while Youssef Zaghba, 22, took a drink from the tap behind the bar.
The terrorists’ movements were part of harrowing footage showing the London Bridge terror attack unfolding in real time has been played at the inquests into the eight victims’ deaths.
Jonathan Hough QC, counsel for the coroner, had warned the families of the victims in court that “distressing images” would be shown, and Butt’s reaction was “the most chilling”.
A grim compilation of video clips from CCTV, dashboard cameras and handheld camera phones charted the progress of the atrocity in minute detail.
It showed the moment, at 10.06pm on June 3 2017, a white rental van first mounted the pavement on the east pavement of London Bridge and hit two pedestrians, sending one woman flying.
A packed courtroom at the Old Bailey was warned in advance about the graphic nature of the CCTV, which showed the vehicle zig-zag across the road into crowds of pedestrians.
Xavier Thomas, 45, was knocked over a balustrade to his death in the River Thames by the force of the impact.
CCTV from a bus then recorded the traumatic moment Christine Archibald, 30, was caught beneath the wheel of the van and dragged along the road for several yards.
Her partner, Tyler Ferguson, could be seen desperately chasing the vehicle and then sliding to his knees next to his stricken fiance, who later died of her injuries.
Attackers Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba then crashed their van outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub, sending debris raining down on punters in the courtyard of the Boro Bistro below.
Jonathan Hough QC told the second day of the inquests at the Old Bailey: “You will get the impression of many people out on the street on a Saturday night.”
One passerby began filming on his mobile phone as the terrorists charged into the Boro Bistro courtyard, screaming: “Allahu Akbar.”
Mr Hough said most of the stabbings that followed could be described as a “brief but furious assault”.
Terrified shrieks mixed with the sound of the bar’s loud music could be heard on the clip as the three men began stabbing customers at random.
Redouane – wearing a stripey jumper – was filmed bending down to stab Kirsty Boden, a 28-year-old Australian nurse who was tending to fatally injured waiter Alexandre Pigeard, 26.