London Bridge terror attacker was a convicted terrorist – Police

The knife-wielding attacker shot dead on London Bridge has been named by police as convicted terrorist Usman Khan.

The 28-year-old was convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences and released from prison in December 2018 on licence, the Metropolitan Police said.

Sky’s Home Affairs correspondent Mark White has been told by sources that Khan was wearing an electronic tag after his release from jail and had links to Islamist terror groups. It is not known whether this could be Islamic State or al Qaeda.

The Met’s Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said Khan had been living in the Staffordshire area and officers were searching the address.

He added police were “not actively seeking anyone else” over the attack.

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In a statement, Mr Basu said: “We are now in a position to confirm the identity of the suspect as 28-year-old Usman Khan, who had been residing in the Staffordshire area. As a result, officers are, tonight, carrying out searches at an address in Staffordshire.

“This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences. 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.”

He added: “The investigation into the attack near London Bridge continues at a pace.

“Whilst we are still in the early stages of the investigation, at this time we are not actively seeking anyone else in relation to the attack.

“However, we continue to make fast time enquiries to ensure that no other people were involved in this attack and that there is no outstanding threat to the public.

“As I stated earlier, police were called at 1.58pm to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge, EC1. Emergency services attended, including officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police.

“A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers and I can confirm that he died at the scene.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “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.” – Sky News.

 

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