The man who carried out the stab attack at London Bridge on Friday, named by police as Usman Khan, had previously been jailed for terrorism offences.
Khan, 28, was wearing a GPS police tag and was out of prison on licence when he launched his attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured. He was previously jailed for his part in a plot to bomb the city’s stock exchange.
Since being released in December 2018 – his conditions requiring him to wear an electronic tag – Khan had been living in Stafford
He was also had to take part in the government’s ‘Desistance and Disengagement Programme’, the purpose of which is the rehabilitation of those who have been involved in terrorism.
In 2012, he was sentenced to indeterminate detention for “public protection” with a minimum jail term of eight years. This sentence would have allowed him to be kept in prison beyond the minimum term.
Khan was shot dead by officers after members of the public restrained him.
The Queen said she was “saddened” by the attack and thanked the emergency services “as well as the brave individuals who put their own lives at risk to selflessly help and protect others”.
On another sad day, stories of Heroes are starting to emerge, as people chased Khan, not knowing the suicide belt was fake, chased him regardless eventually stopping him using a fire extinguisher and a Whale tusk taken from the wall of a local business.
Updated to follow.