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UK News Politicians trade blame over London Bridge attack as victims are honoured with vigil

20:40  02 december  2019
20:40  02 december  2019 Source:   france24.com

Portrait of London Bridge Killer, in His Own Words

  Portrait of London Bridge Killer, in His Own Words LONDON — “I have learnt that many of my past beliefs came from my misinterpretations of Islam,” the young man wrote to his probation officers. Last Friday, the man who wrote those words, 28-year-old Usman Khan, traveled unsupervised from his probation hostel in England’s West Midlands to London, where he carried out a deadly terrorist attack after having participated in a conference on prison rehabilitation.

A vigil is held for the victims of the fatal attack on London Bridge in London , Britain, on December 2, 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honor the two people killed in the London Bridge attack , then went back to

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honor the two Political dignitaries, city officials and members of the public attended a vigil outside London ’s medieval Guildhall to remember the victims and honor members

a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people © REUTERS - HENRY NICHOLLS

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honor the two people killed in the London Bridge attack, then went back to trading blame for the security failings that allowed a man who had been jailed for terrorist crimes to go on a violent rampage in the heart of London.

Usman Khan stabbed two people to death and injured three others Friday before being shot and killed by police on the bridge.

Politicians, who are campaigning ahead of Britain’s Dec. 12 election, immediately sought to deflect blame for the first fatal attack in London since 2017. Johnson accused Labour of being soft on terrorism and vowed to end the early release of inmates convicted of terrorist crimes. He said it was “repulsive that individuals as dangerous as this man” could be freed.

Revealed: Hero filmed tackling London Bridge terrorist with a fire extinguisher was a heroin addict and convicted killer - before turning his life around after meeting Jack Merritt who died in the attack

  Revealed: Hero filmed tackling London Bridge terrorist with a fire extinguisher was a heroin addict and convicted killer - before turning his life around after meeting Jack Merritt who died in the attack John Crilly, 48, who is out on licence after serving 13 years for manslaughter, pursued Khan from the prisoner's rehabilitation conference after seeing Mr Merritt stabbed in the chest. © Provided by Daily Mail John Crilly (holding his degree certificate) is pictured on his graduation in Manchester with his mentor and 'the best guy he ever met' Jack Merrit, 25, who was murdered by Usman Khan last Friday Crilly, a former heroin addict and career criminal, was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after a 71-year-old pensioner was killed by his accomplice in a botched burglary.

A vigil is planned to pay tribute to those who died in the London Bridge attack and to honor the bystanders who fought the attacker . LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honor the two people killed in the

Politicians immediately sought to deflect blame for the first fatal attack in London since 2017. Political dignitaries, city officials and members of the public attended a vigil outside London ’s medieval Guildhall to remember the victims and honor members of the emergency services and bystanders

Corbyn blamed years of cuts to the police, prison and parole services by Conservative governments left the system unable to monitor offenders.

He said the tragedy raised “enormous questions” about how the attacker’s state of mind had been evaluated, and “what supervision and monitoring he was under after coming out” of prison.

Political dignitaries, city officials, friends of the victims and Londoners who had never met them attended a vigil outside London’s medieval Guildhall to remember Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who died in the attack, and to honor members of the emergency services and bystanders who fought the attacker with fists, fire extinguishers and even a narwhal tusk.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said people should “take hope from the heroism of ordinary Londoners and emergency services who ran toward danger, risking their lives to help people they didn’t even know.”

What You Won’t Hear About the London Bridge Attacks

  What You Won’t Hear About the London Bridge Attacks The Usman Khan situation is more complicated than either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn acknowledge. Don't expect real debate during an election.There’s an important debate to be had after Friday’s terrorist attack on London Bridge: At what point is it safe to release a prisoner convicted of terrorism back into the public? There’s no chance of that debate taking place now in the final throes of a bitterly contested U.K. general election campaign. Instead there’s an unseemly blame game.

2, 2019, to remember the London attack victims and honour members of the emergency services and bystanders who fought the attacker . London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honour the two people killed in the

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honor the two people killed in the London Bridge attack , then went back to trading blame for the security failings that allowed a man who had been jailed for terrorist crimes to

Former University of Cambridge students Jones, 23, and Merritt, 25, were fatally stabbed by the 28-year-old attacker at an event run by the Cambridge-based prisoner rehabilitation program Learning Together. Merritt worked for the program and Jones was a volunteer.

Usman Khan was attending the event at London’s Fishmongers’ Hall and had returned for the afternoon session when he started stabbing people. Police believe he acted alone.

He was pursued onto London Bridge and restrained by staff from the venue and others from the conference, including former inmates. Police opened fire after he flashed what looked like a suicide vest. It turned out to be fake.

Toby Williamson, chief executive of Fishmongers’ Hall, paid tribute to staff who tried to help the wounded and fight off the attacker. Williamson said one staffer, a kitchen worker he identified as Lukasz, pulled a 5-foot (1.5 meter) narwhal tusk from the wall and charged at Khan, allowing others to escape.

Injured London Bridge hero Lukasz fought terrorist 'right until the end'

  Injured London Bridge hero Lukasz fought terrorist 'right until the end' Despite being stabbed five times by the London Bridge attacker, one of Friday's heroes fought with the terrorist "until the end" as he bought time for others to escape. Sky News has been told of the extraordinary account of Lukasz who was working in the basement at Fishmongers' Hall when Usman Khan launched his deadly attack.Saskia Jones, 23, and 25-year-old Jack Merritt were both killed as they worked on the prisoner rehabilitation conference that was being held at the venue.However, the death toll could have been higher but for the actions of a number of bystanders.

LONDON - London Bridge reopened to cars and pedestrians Monday, three days after a man previously convicted of terrorism offenses stabbed two He was pursued onto London Bridge and restrained by staff from the venue and others attending the conference. Police opened fire after he

Vigils for the victims of the London Bridge attack have been held in London and Cambridge. Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were commemorated at the services Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were among those at the vigil at the Guildhall in the City of London .

Williamson told Sky News that Lukasz, wielding the tusk, fought one-on-one with Khan for about a minute and suffered cuts on his arm, but didn’t “flinch for a moment.”

The attack has pushed security to the top of the agenda in the election campaign.

Johnson, a Conservative, blamed legal changes made by a previous Labour government for the fact that Khan was freed from prison a year ago after serving half of a 16-year sentence for terrorist offenses.

Khan was arrested in 2010 and admitted to being part of an al-Qaida-inspired plot to set up a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. He was given an “indeterminate” sentence in 2012 that specified he could only be released when he was judged not to be a danger to the public. He appealed, and the sentence was fixed at 16 years. Like many British inmates, he was released after serving half that time.

Opposition parties blamed years of public spending cuts by the Conservatives, who have been in power since 2010. Khan was on probation, subject to restrictions on his movement and wearing an electronic tag when he launched his attack.

‘Hero’ bystanders took down the London Bridge attacker. They’re not the first to fight back.

  ‘Hero’ bystanders took down the London Bridge attacker. They’re not the first to fight back. Ordinary people, extraordinary courage.In the dramatic footage, one member of the public can be seeing fleeing the scene holding a large knife — allegedly taken from the hands of the attacker to prevent him from inflicting further damage. In the video, other members of the public can be seen surrounding the suspect and seemingly helping police officers restrain him.

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honor the two people killed in the London Bridge attack , then went back to trading blame for the security failings that allowed a man who had been jailed for terrorist crimes to

Politicians immediately sought to deflect blame for the first fatal attack in London since 2017. Political dignitaries, city officials, friends of the victims and Londoners who had never met them attended a vigil outside London ’s medieval Guildhall to remember Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones

Philip Lee, a former Conservative justice minister who quit the party and joined the opposition Liberal Democrats, accused the prime minister of “misleading and lying” with his simplistic depiction of the problem.

“The solutions to this are complex,” he said.

“Everybody, right-minded people, want to see people like Usman Khan locked up and kept away from broader society, but to do that you have got to have the prison places, you have got to have the capacity to make the right decisions.”

British authorities are investigating whether Usman Khan lapsed back into radicalization after his release, or deceived people into thinking he had left extremism behind

Khan spent time at HMP Whitemoor, a maximum-security prison where Learning Together runs courses for inmates.

The Daily Telegraph reported Monday that he was featured as a success story on Learning Together’s website. The site appears to have been removed since the attack.

Johnson said the case showed that some criminals are beyond rehabilitation.

“There are unquestionably some cases which are just too tough to crack and alas he appears to have been one of them,” he said during a campaign visit to Southampton on England’s south coast.

But Ian Acheson, a criminologist who led a government-commissioned review into Islamic extremism in British prisons, said U.K. deradicalization programs were ineffective and overstretched authorities were ill-equipped to deal with extremists determined to play the system.

“This disaster is one that was created in the Treasury,” Acheson told the BBC. “At the heart of this is the destruction of the prison and probations service through crazy failed ideological and austerity cuts.”

Merritt’s family also cautioned against knee-jerk responses. His relatives said he “would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary.”

Following the attack, authorities are urgently reviewing the release of 74 other people who had been jailed for terrorism and released in similar circumstances to Khan.

As part of that review, a 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. Police said Monday he had been returned to prison for violating his release conditions.

Two of the three people injured in the attack remained hospitalized in stable condition. The third was discharged over the weekend.

(AP)

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