3 arrested in connection with London Bridge terror attack

The suspects ranged in age from 27 to 33.

— -- Police arrested three more people Wednesday night in connection with last week's London Bridge terror attack that left eight people dead and dozens more injured, London Metropolitan Police announced.

"Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, supported by firearms officers, arrested two men on a street in Ilford, a third was arrested after warrant was carried out at a residential address in Ilford," police said in a statement.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the "preparation of terrorist attacks," while a 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.

The man who was arrested at a residence -- a 29-year-old -- was also arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts.

All three men were taken into custody at a south London police station. Searches at the residence in Ilford, as well as a business there, are ongoing, police said.

Earlier on Wednesday, police arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with Saturday's terror attack while carrying out a raid on the city's east side, authorities said.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of "commission, preparation or instigation of terrorist acts," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement early Wednesday. Police arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the attack on Monday and released 12 others without charges, officials said.

All three suspects were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of being called, police noted.

The latest arrest comes as the city works to recover from the brutal attack in which the three armed men rammed a van into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge and fatally stabbed seven people at nearby Borough Market. More than 40 people were injured in the attack.

Much of the area, which had been closed since the attack occurred last Saturday, has now reopened, according to police.

"A large part of the outer cordon of the crime scene in place following the terrorist attack in London Bridge has now been reopened," police said. But while the bridge reopened fully on Wednesday, the Borough Market and a small surrounding area remain closed, police said.

The terror attack marked the United Kingdom's third such incident since March.