Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

IS militants claim Usman Khan's deadly London Bridge terror attack

IS militants claim Usman Khan's deadly London Bridge terror attack

Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed Saturday to review Britain's sentencing system after a convicted terrorist released early from prison was suspected of stabbing two people to death in an attack around London Bridge.

Here, the knifeman was confronted by several members of the public, who disarmed him before armed police took control and he was shot dead.

Mr Merritt's father, David, said on Twitter that he was a "a attractive spirit who always took the side of the underdog".

Khan was convicted as part of a group of al-Qaida-linked terrorists that planned attacks on major sites in London, including Parliament and the U.S. Embassy.

Basu said that the accused had attended an event on Friday afternoon at Fishmonger's Hall, a historical building on the north side of the bridge in the centre of London.

The first victim of the attack was identified as Jack Merritt, 25, a University of Cambridge graduate who was a coordinator of the conference that Khan attended, the BBC reported.

Then, three militants drove a van into pedestrians before stabbing people in the surrounding area, killing eight and injuring at least 48.

A man and a woman were fatally stabbed by convicted 28-year-old terrorist Usman Khan in a rampage that began in the nearby Fishmongers' Hall.

Britain's Parole Board said in a statement it had no role in releasing Khan, who "appears to have been released automatically on license (as required by law), without ever being referred to the board", it said.

In dramatic footage shared widely online, three individuals - one wielding a whale tusk, one with a fire extinguisher, and one seemingly armed with nothing but quick reflexes - brought the attacker to the ground.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hoping to win a majority in a December 12 election to enable him to take the country out of the European Union, praised the emergency services and the public for their response.

The former head of Britain's National Counter Terrorism Security Office, Chris Phillips, said it is wrong to ask police and security services to keep the country safe while letting people out of prison when they are still a threat.

British authorities said Khan, originally from Pakistan, was jailed along with eight others in a terrorist group inspired by Al-Qaeda that had plotted to bomb targets, including the London Stock Exchange.

Flags on United Kingdom government buildings were flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to all those affected by the attack.

"And it was while he was subject to these conditions that he performed this horrific attack yesterday", Fisher said. The Times newspaper reported that Khan had agreed to wear an electronic tag.

"I think that the practice of automatic, early release where you cut a sentence in half and let really serious, violent offenders out early simply isn't working, and you've some very good evidence of how that isn't working, I am afraid, with this case", Johnson said.

The White House has offered its support to the United Kingdom, following the horrific stabbing attack.

The queen on Saturday (Sunday NZT) led tributes to individual acts of bravery on London Bridge, which included a Polish immigrant helping subdue the British-born terrorist with a five-foot narwhal tusk grabbed from a wall. "The long, monitored, discussions of Usman Khan about the madrassa (training camp) and his attitudes towards it and terrorism are highly eloquent of the seriousness of their goal", the judge said.

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