The attacker, named by police as 28-year old Usman Khan, was out of prison on license when. on Friday, he stabbed to death a man and a woman and injured three others on London Bridge. Police shot him dead after he was restrained by members of the public. On Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and police chiefs criticized the court which last year confirmed the convicted terrorist’s release from prison after he agreed to wear an electronic tag, have his movements monitored and attend a Learning Together criminal justice conference seminar for re-education near London Bridge. The police were not alerted when he left the room and embarked on his stabbing rampage nearby.
Usman Khan was convicted in 2012 after pleading guilty to preparing acts of terrorism as a member of an al-Qaeda inspired terrorist cell of eight men. Their target list included the London Stock Exchange, the American embassy, the addresses of two rabbis and the home of Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London. They also planned to set up a terrorist training camp on land owned by Khan’s family in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.