London Bridge terrorism has resurfaced as an ex-prisoner convicted of terrorism offenses and released last year launched a stabbing attack that claimed the lives of two persons on so-called Black Friday.
The knifeman terrorist, who was wearing a suspected hoax explosive device, was shot dead by police after Friday’s daylight assault that saw bystanders intervened in an effort to disarm him.
Aside the two that died, three more people were injured in the stabbing spree that revived memories of a three-man attack two years ago on London Bridge that killed eight persons.
West Midlands Police named the knifeman as 28-year-old Usman Khan, an ex-prisoner that was convicted for terrorism offenses, saying they were not actively seeking others in relation to the incident.
“This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences. He was released from prison in December 2018 on licence,” Neil Basu, head of UK counter-terrorism policing, said in a statement.
Usman Khan from Stoke in Central England was jailed alongside eight others in a terrorist group that was inspired by Al-Qaeda that had planned to bomb targets including the London Stock Exchange in 2012.
Usman Khan was jailed for eight years and was also found guilty of making longer-term plans with special interest in taking part in “terrorist training” in Pakistan.
Neil Basu note that Khan attended an event on Friday afternoon at Fishmonger’s Hall, a historic building on the north side of the bridge in the centre of the capital.
“We believe that the attack began inside before he left the building and proceeded onto London Bridge, where he was detained and subsequently confronted and shot by armed officers,” he said.
Footage filmed by eyewitnesses and shared on social media revealed a scrum of people tackling the knifeman on the ground before the police arrived the scene of the event.
A certain man, wearing a suit and tie, was spotted carrying a large knife away from the group.
Tour guide Stevie Hurst, who actively ran from his car to the scene, said while talking to BBC radio that “everyone was just on top of him trying to bundle him to the ground”.
“I saw that the knife was still in his hand so I just put a foot in to try and kick him in the head: we were trying to do as much as we could to try and dislodge the knife,” the tour guide said.