The perpetrator of Friday’s London Bridge jihadi attack has been identified as Usman Khan, a previously convicted terrorist who was freed from prison after a reduced sentence and was still wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the attack.
Breitbart reports that Khan was imprisoned for the role he played in a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange as well as pubs in Stoke, in addition to his plans to build a terrorist training camp in Pakistan in 2012.
He originally served an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP), which means he could have been imprisoned only for as long as “the relevant authorities deemed him too dangerous to release.”
“However, Court of Appeal judges led by Lord Leveson quashed his IPP in 2013 and swapped it for a fixed term of 16 years, with eligibility for release on licence at the halfway point — as is standard in the British criminal justice system,” Breitbart explains.
London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed the attacker’s history in the criminal justice system.
What’s more, Khan was attending an event for released prisoners when he initiated his attack.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu confirmed that Khan “was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences [and] released from prison in December 2018 on licence”, and that “The circumstances, as we currently understand them, are that [he] attended an event earlier on Friday afternoon at Fishmonger’s Hall called ‘Learning Together’.”
The knife spree began “before he left the building and proceeded onto London Bridge, where he was detained and subsequently confronted and shot by armed officers.”
Two people were killed in the incident.
“Tragically, two people – a man and a woman – were killed during the attack. Three others – a man and two women – were also injured and remain in hospital,” Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu confirmed.