Minute of silence, vigils held for victims of London Bridge terror attack

London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan seen on the Learning Together website

A kitchen porter named Mohammed who was on his lunch break on Friday near London Bridge has been revealed, was one of the courageous heroes who pinned down London Bridge terror suspects Usman Khan to the ground, after two people were stabbed in the attack on Friday.

Political dignitaries, city officials, friends of the victims and Londoners who had never met them attended a vigil outside London's medieval Guildhall to remember Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who died in the attack, and to honour members of the emergency services and bystanders who fought the attacker with fists, fire extinguishers and even a narwhal tusk.

Speaking at a press conference following the event, Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said: "In amongst that horror, we witnessed the most extraordinary courage by members of the public as well as City of London, Met Police officers and emergency services".

Among those at the Cambridge vigil was Merritt's girlfriend Leanne O'Brien, who broke down in tears and clutched a cuddly toy.

Mr Khan called for people to unite following the killings and work for a future "not defined by hatred but defined by hope, unity and love".

In an interview with the BBC, Fishmongers' Hall chief executive Toby Williamson, praised the actions of his staff, later adding that Lukasz was stabbed five times during the incident, but continued to help nonetheless.

The attack has pushed security to the top of the agenda in the election campaign. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, and all those injured or affected by the attack on Friday".

That rule was changed in 2012 by a Conservative-led government, and Johnson has vowed to end the early release of violent offenders altogether.

After searching on Saturday two properties in central England believed to be linked to Khan, police have said they believe he was acting alone and were not seeking anybody else.

Under the review of released terror convicts, police in the West Midlands said they had arrested a 34-year-old man "on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts".

"It's not lenient policies that are to blame, it's the destruction of the probation service that is supposed to monitor and supervise prisoners after release, & rehabilitation services", he said on Twitter.

The attack has prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson said was "probably about 74" people. He's insisted that his son would not "wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily".

Jones's family also highlighted her dedication to criminal justice.

In a tweet on Sunday, Merritt's father David said: "Don't use my son's death, and his and his colleague's photos - to promote your vile propaganda. Jack stood against everything you stand for - hatred, division, ignorance", above an image right-wing newspaper headlines about Johnson's comments.

The assailant, identified by authorities as Usman Khan, 28, was attending an event hosted by Learning Together on Friday when the attack occurred. Police said Monday he had been returned to prison for breaching his release conditions.



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