London Bridge terror suspect named by police
The terror suspect shot dead on London Bridge has been named as 28-year-old Usman Khan, police say. Khan was convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences and released from prison in December 2018 on licence, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has said.Mr Basu said Khan had been living in the Staffordshire area and officers were searching the address.
Media captionWhat happened in London Bridge incident? The man who carried out the stabbing attack at London Bridge was a former prisoner convicted of a terrorism offence , the BBC has learned. The attacker was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack , in which two people were killed and
Whitehall sources said the attacker had previously been convicted of an “Islamist terrorism -related offence ”. He was released from prison about a year ago. The attacker began at Fishmonger's hall and was shot on the north side of the bridge (Image: Express Newspapers).
LONDON (Reuters) - British police named the man who stabbed two people to death in London on Friday in what the authorities called a terrorist attack as 28-year-old Usman Khan, who had been convicted of terrorism offences and was released from prison last year.
"This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences," Britain's top counter-terrorism police officer, Neil Basu, said in a statement.
"He was released from prison in December 2018 on licence and clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack," Basu said.
London Bridge attacker was out on licence after being jailed for terrorism
Usman Khan was arrested in December 2010 and later pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb targets in London.In late December 2010, Khan, along with eight others, was charged with conspiracy to cause explosions and other terrorism offences.
The attacker , who has not yet been named , was released from prison about a year ago, agreeing to wear Front page of The Times tomorrow morning: ‘The terrorist wearing a tag’• Released a year ago after being convicted of an Islamist related terror offence • wearing an electronic tag after release
Usman Khan, who was convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences and released from prison in December 2018 on licence, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said. This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences .
A person who is released on licence is subject to conditions for the duration of their sentence after leaving prison. The Times newspaper reported that Khan had agreed to wear an electronic tag.
The attacker went on the rampage just before 2 p.m., targeting people at Fishmongers' Hall near London Bridge in the heart of the city's financial district - the scene of a deadly attack by Islamist militants two years ago.
In addition to the man and the woman who were killed, a man and two women were injured and remain in hospital, Basu said.
Just before news broke of the suspect's previous conviction, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is seeking re-election on Dec. 12, said criminals must be made to serve their sentences.
"It is a mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early, and it is very important that we get out of that habit and that we enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists," he said.
Johnson leads opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, according to opinion polls.
During the 2017 election campaign, London Bridge was the scene of an attack when three militants drove a van into pedestrians and then attacked people in the surrounding area, killing eight and injuring at least 48. The attack focused attention on cuts to policing since the governing Conservatives took power in 2010.
"We owe a deep debt of gratitude to our police and emergency services, and the brave members of the public who put themselves in harm’s way to protect others," Corbyn said late on Friday.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)
Hundreds of terrorists released from jail in last seven years .
The figures were released by the Home Office.There were 41 convicted terrorists released from jail in the year to June as well as 12 suspects who had been held in custody but not sentenced, according to the Home Office.