Usman Khan Bio
Usman Khan, the suspect shot dead in the 30 November 2019 terror attack near London Bridge, had been released from jail after being convicted of terror offenses, including plotting to attack the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
Khan was part of a gang of nine extremists from Stoke-on-Trent, Cardiff and London, who were convicted in February 2012 before the Woolwich Crown Court. He had planned to build a “military training facility for terrorists” on his family’s land in Kashmir.
Khan was the youngest member of the group at the age of 19. In their ruling, Judge Wilkie, Khan and two others are “more serious jihadists” than the others.
Originally, it was considered that Khan was never released unless it was no longer considered a threat, but this condition was lifted later.
He was released in December 2018 under license.
Wilkie said that Khan and his co-defendants Nazam Hussain and Mohammed Shahjahan were planning to fund and establish a terrorist education school. Khan and Hussain planned to leave the United Kingdom in January 2011 to train.
In a July 2013 report, the independent terrorism investigator said that Khan had been one of three Stoke men who had traveled to the tribal areas administered by Pakistan (fata) and planned to fund a terrorist training camp in Kashmir, to build and participate in the conduct of terrorist acts in the future. They belonged to a group that had copies of the English-speaking extremist magazine Al Qaeda Inspire and had considered sending letters with bombs by mail.
Who is Knife Man of London Bridge Stabbing Attack
wearing a hoax explosive device went on a stabbing spree near London Bridge on Friday, killing two and wounding three others before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. British police are calling the attack a “terrorist incident.”
London Bridge Stabbing Incident
The attack started at a local conference venue and police were called to the scene at 1:58 p.m. local time, said Cressida Dick, the commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. Five minutes later, police confronted the attacker, she said, adding that members of the public showed “extraordinary courage” by stepping in to tackle him.
Armed officers from the City of London Police shot and killed the suspect, who died at the scene, said Neil Basu, the department’s assistant commissioner for specialist operations. Police officers in Britain generally do not carry guns.
London Bridge Stabbing Victims
The three wounded were being treated at two local hospitals in the city, the London Ambulance Service said in a statement.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan commended the “breathtaking heroism” of civilians “who literally ran towards danger” without knowing the device strapped to the suspect was a fake. “I want to say thank you to them on behalf of all Londoners,” Khan said.
“We must — and we will — stay resolute in our determination to stand strong and united in the face of terror,” Khan said in a statement. “Those who seek to attack us and divide us will never succeed.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “to the best of our knowledge the incident has been contained,” but he urged the public to remain vigilant. “One cannot help but think back to what happened in 2017 in the same part of the city,” Johnson said.