A convicted terrorist, who spent a part of his teenage years in Pakistan and launched final yr from a UK jail, is suspected to be the person who stabbed two individuals to dying in a terror assault on London Bridge, police mentioned on Saturday.
Police have recognized the terrorist as 28-year-old Usman Khan, impressed by the ideology of terror group Al Qaeda. He was beforehand sentenced for terrorism offences.
In response to The Telegraph, on the time of his sentencing in 2012, the choose warned that he was a “critical jihadist” who shouldn’t be launched whereas he remained a menace to the general public.
Usman Khan left faculty with no qualifications after spending a part of his late teenage years in Pakistan, the place he lived together with his mom when she turned ailing, it mentioned.
The BBC reported that Khan was out on licence from jail when he killed two individuals and injured three others within the stabbing assault on Friday, earlier than he was shot useless by the Scotland Yard.
Khan was dwelling in Stafford since being launched from jail final December, it mentioned.
In February 2012, Khan was sentenced to eight years in jail. In 2013, the Courtroom of Enchantment sentenced him to a 16-year jail time period.
Two individuals have been killed and a number of other others injured within the London Bridge assault on Friday. The Scotland Yard confirmed that a male suspect, later recognized as Khan, sporting a hoax bomb vest was shot useless on the scene.
Scotland Yard’s Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, mentioned in an announcement at New Scotland Yard headquarters in London that a “quantity” of individuals had been injured, a few of whom are mentioned to be crucial.
The senior Indian-origin high police officer mentioned Usman Khan had attended an occasion on Friday afternoon on the Fishmonger’s Corridor, a historic constructing close to the London Bridge.
London Bridge was one of many areas focused by an ISIS-claimed terrorist assault in June 2017, when 11 individuals died as terrorists went on a stabbing spree after ramming a van into pedestrians.
The UK had simply earlier this month downgraded its terror menace stage from “extreme” to “substantial”, which implies a terrorist menace is probably going somewhat than extremely probably within the nation.