LONDON (AFP) – The British government yesterday vowed a “full review” after a convicted terrorist released early from prison was suspected of stabbing two people to death on London Bridge.
Police shot Usman Khan dead after his suspected assault that seriously injured three other people was broken up by bystanders – one armed with a five-foot narwhal tusk and another a fire extinguisher.
Video footage of the confrontation showed Khan, 28, being challenged by a man wielding the tusk – believed to have been taken from a nearby historic hall – and sprayed with the extinguisher.
He had been conditionally released from jail last December after serving less than half of a 16-year sentence for terrorism, and was wearing a suspected fake explosive device.
Moments later armed police officers arrived on the scene and shot him dead. Investigators have said they are not actively seeking others in relation to the incident, which recalled a three-man terrorist assault two years ago on London Bridge that killed eight.
The latest attack came less than two weeks before Britain’s general election, and politicians temporarily suspended campaigning.