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.
Usman Khan should have been barred from entering central London as part of the conditions of his early release from prison, a former counter-terror chief has said.
The 28-year-old was freed on licence in December 2018 and was wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he launched a knife rampage before being shot dead by police on London Bridge on Friday.
UK head of counter-terrorism policing Neil Basu said Khan had been subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) and had complied with an “extensive list of licence conditions” following his early release.
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Usman Khan, 28, was jailed for his part in a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange. Usman Khan, 28, killed a man and a woman in the knife rampage on Friday afternoon and injured three other people, who are being treated in hospital.He was attending a conference on prisoner rehabilitation organised by University of Cambridge-associated Learning Together at Fishmongers’ Hall and “threatened to blow up” the building just before 2pm.
MAPPA aims to manage the risks that offenders pose to the public with agencies such as the police, the prison service and probation working together.
Government guidance states “all terrorist and domestic extremist offenders will be risk-assessed” and the “threats that they pose to the community are significant and serious”.
The management plan is tailored to each individual offender but can include a requirement to stay at an approved premises where they can be monitored, a duty to report to an offender manager every week, or even covert monitoring in extreme cases.
A set of licence conditions can also ban contact with children or put an exclusion zone in place for a particular town or city.
The precise terms of Khan’s release are not yet known.
Richard Walton, who headed the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command between 2011 and 2016, said: “His licence conditions should have restricted him from visiting central London.”
He suggested longer prison terms and better deradicalisation programmes within jails are needed to help stop offenders committing attacks after they are released.
“It is unusual for terrorist prisoners who have been released to go on to commit attacks. Every case is unique and risk assessments are complex,” he said.
“The only way to be 100% certain of zero risk is to keep a prisoner in prison. All forms of surveillance have limitations.”
London Bridge attacker's body to be buried in Pakistan .
The body of Usman Khan, who killed two people in a terrorist attack in London Bridge, has been released by the City of London coroner and has been flown to Pakistan. © Other Usman Khan was one of nine members of a terror group that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange Officials at Islamabad International Airport confirmed to Sky News that the 28-year-old's body had been flown out from the UK on a passenger plane on Thursday afternoon and arrived in Pakistan on Friday morning.