By Daily Caller. Several people were stabbed Friday near the London Bridge in England, and the suspect plus two victims died, U.K. officials said.
Police shot the suspect dead, according to Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu. Two people have died as a result of the stabbings, U.K. officials said, according to The Wall Street Journal. Three others are in London hospitals, according to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick. . .
Authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack and the man had a fake suicide vest, Basu said. The suspect was reportedly a convicted terrorist who was released from jail upon agreeing he wear a tracking device, The Times of London reported, citing government sources.
He was allegedly convicted on an “Islamist terrorism-related offense” and was attending a conference on prison rehabilitation Friday.
“As you would expect due to the nature of the incident, we responded as though this was terrorist related. I’m now in a position to confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident,” Basu said during a press conference, adding that authorities do not know a motive. (Read more from “Several People Stabbed, Two Dead in London Bridge Terrorist Attack (VIDEO)” HERE)
London Bridge Attacker Named as Usman Khan, 28
By The Guardian. The Met has identified the London Bridge attacker as Usman Khan, a 28-year-old man released from prison on a licence (parole) in December 2018 after spending eight years in jail for terrorism offences.
He pleaded guilty in 2012 to offences including planning and raising funds for terror related activities and planned to establish, and train at, a terrorist military training facility in Kashmir. The judge termed his plans a “serious, long term venture in terrorism” and warned he may pose an ongoing risk to the public.
Khan was wearing an electronic tag and had reportedly been invited to attend a justice conference on prison rehabilitation at Fishmongers’ Hall, on the northern side of London Bridge, on Friday. The attack began there. (Read more from “London Bridge Attacker Named as Usman Khan, 28” HERE)