London Knife Attacker Identified; Public Lauds Narwhal Tusk Takedown

Cambridge University graduate Jack Merritt was stabbed to death in London Bridge on Friday

The Islamic State terror group on Saturday said that the London Bridge terror attack a day prior was carried out on its behalf.

One of the victims was named in British media reports as Jack Merritt, a graduate of Cambridge University who was helping organize the conference hall where the attack began.

A 28-year-old "convicted terrorist" was identified as the person behind the London Bridge knife attack that claimed two lives and injured three others, according to authorities on November 30.

Khan, who had been jailed for terrorism offences, was shot dead by police after members of the public restrained him.

Police named the suspect as 28-year-old Usman Khan, saying they were not actively seeking others in relation to the incident.

Khan was known to the authorities, having been convicted of terrorism offences in 2012. "He was released from prison in December 2018 on license and clearly, a key line of inquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack", Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations Neil Basu said in a written statement.

According to The Guardian in a 2012 article, Khan had been part of a nine-person plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a training camp for terrorists. In 2013, the court of appeal revised Khan's sentence to 16 years and told him he would have to serve a minimum of eight years. The senior Indian-origin top police officer said Khan had attended an event on Friday afternoon at the Fishmonger's Hall, a historic building near the London Bridge.

Eyewitnesses' account claimed that a group of people tried to tackle the suspect on the ground before the cops arrived.

Armed police surround the knifeman on London Bridge.

One of them backs away from the scene carrying a knife.

"We do have to look again at the sentencing system", he said. Six people died, including the assailant and the policeman he stabbed, and at least 20 were injured in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack".

So far, it is unclear whether both incidents were linked to each other.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who chaired a meeting of the government's emergencies committee late Friday, said he had "long argued" it was a "mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early".

With the country's general election scheduled on December 12, a showdown between Johnson's Conservative Party and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, Britain's leadership and justice system now grapples with the question: how was a convicted terrorist released from prison eight years early, and how was he able to carry out this attack with an ankle bracelet monitoring his movements?

The Prime Minister chaired a Cobra meeting on Friday to lead the response, and the Government will take every measure to keep our citizens safe - as hard as it is to intercept every "lone wolf" attack, which have become increasingly common.

Mr Basu said Khan had been living in the Staffordshire region of central England and officers were searching an address in that area.

During the attack, Khan wore an electronic tag used to monitor criminal offenders, The Times newspaper reported. Callimachi notes that fake suicide vests are a tactic that has been pushed by ISIS, and the terrorist organization has shared tips on how to make them.

Mr Merritt, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, was a course coordinator on Cambridge University's Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation programme.



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