By Paisley Dodds and Danica Kirka
Separately, police investigating the London Bridge attack made three arrests in Ilford, also in east London, late Wednesday. Police are hunting any possible accomplices in the attack.
A police officer who was stabbed in the eye trying to stop the attackers with his baton said Thursday he was sorry he couldn’t do more.
The British Transport Police officer, whose name was not disclosed, was stabbed in the head, face and leg and is still hospitalized.
In a statement, he thanked members of the public for their support.
“I feel like I did what any other person would have done,” he said. “I want to say sorry to the families that lost their loved ones. I’m so sorry I couldn’t do more and I want you to know I did everything I could.”
The officer, who had been on the job for less than two years, was one of the first on the scene.
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