Police searching for man missing since London attack recover body from river

Formal identification of the body has not yet taken place

Police searching for man missing since London attack recover body from river

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British police searching for a French man missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames.

Xavier Thomas (45) had not been seen since Saturday night.

According to the Metropolitan Police, the body of a man was recovered from the river, near the Limehouse area, by specialist marine officers yesterday evening.

In a statement, police said: "Formal identification has not yet taken place, however Mr Thomas' next of kin have been informed of this development."

British media has reported that Mr Thomas was caught up in the attack with his girlfriend Christine Delcros as they were crossing the famed bridge.

Ms Delcros is said to have been seriously injured.

The French government earlier confirmed that two of its citizens were killed in the attack, while another was missing. Eight French people were injured, four seriously.

Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: "This toll is likely to change as the British police continue their search.

"I assure all the families concerned of my profound solidarity at this painful time. As I pledged in London, everything will be done to support the victims and their families in this ordeal."

In the aftermath of Saturday night's attack, British officials confirmed that seven people were killed and dozens of others injured.

A van first hit a number of pedestrians on London Bridge, before attackers stabbed a number of people in the nearby Borough Market area of the city.

The three suspected attackers were killed by police.