The man who stabbed and killed two people near the London Bridge on Friday has been identified by the London Metropolitan Police as a previously convicted terrorist that was let out of prison early.
The 28-year-old British man, Usman Khan, killed one man and one woman with a knife on Friday afternoon. He was wearing a fake bomb vest at the time of his rampage, Reuters reports.
Confirming live video taken at the time of the incident, Reuters reports the terrorist was fended off by a group of pedestrians who were wielding makeshift weapons of their own, which included a fire extinguisher and a 5-ft narwhal tusk.
The individual was ultimately wrestled to the ground, disarmed, and shot dead by London police officers.
New footage of yesterday's terror attack on #LondonBridge.
Three members of the public armed with a fire extinguisher and a Narwhal tusk take the attacher down. Heroes. pic.twitter.com/8yGBPaGtbL
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According to the report, the convicted terrorist was still being watched by UK counter-terrorist teams:
Khan, whose family is from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, was convicted in 2012 for his part in an al-Qaeda-inspired plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange. He was released in December 2018 subject to conditions.
“This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offenses,” Britain’s top counter-terrorism police officer, Neil Basu, said in a statement. “Clearly, a key line of inquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack.”
Two people – a man and a woman – were killed in the attack, which took place days before London is due to host NATO leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump. A man and two women were injured and remain in hospital, Basu said.
Police searched an address in Stafford, central England, as they continued their investigation.
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As a result of the attack, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Parliament should take a look at the policy which allowed him to be released in the first place and toughen it.
“I have long said that this system simply isn’t working,” he said shortly after the attack, reportedly during a visit near the site the violence took place.
“It does not make sense for us, as a society, to be putting people convicted of terrorist offenses, serious violent offenses, out on early release,” he added.
Johnson faces a snap election on December 12, Reuters reports.