Revealed: London Bridge killer, 28, was recently freed from jail

The knife-wielding London Bridge attacker has been revealed as a convicted terrorist jailed over a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.

Usman Khan, 28, killed a man and a woman and injured three people, including a man and two women, during his rampage on Friday afternoon.

In February 2012, he was handed an indeterminate jail sentence over a terror plot, with the sentencing judge saying he should not be released until he was no longer a threat to the public.

However, this sentence was quashed at the Court of Appeal in April 2013 and he was given a 16-year jail term.

Khan was released from prison in December 2018 on licence, having served eight years of his sentence – including time spend on remand.


Image: Usman Khan was one of nine members of a terror group that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange

Fake suicide vest

Police believe the terror attack on Friday began at Fishmongers' Hall, where Khan had been attending a conference on prisoner rehabilitation. Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, reportedly threatened to "blow up" the building.

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The rampage continued on London Bridge, where several members of the public chased and disarmed Khan.

Forensic personnel at the cordoned off area around London Bridge in central London
Image: Forensic officers continue their investigations around London Bridge
Forensic personnel at the cordoned off area around London Bridge in central London

Footage from the scene shows one man spraying the attacker with a fire extinguisher, while another brandishes the tusk of a Narwhal whale.

Khan was dragged to the ground and seconds after police pulled a man off him, officers shot the terrorist dead at point-blank range in full view of horrified onlookers.

A plain-clothed police officer was among those who had pounced on Khan. He was filmed backing away while holding a large knife, apparently wrestled from the attacker.

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Terrorist training camp

As well as plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange in 2012, Khan and eight accomplices planned to build a terrorist training camp on land in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir owned by his family.

Sky's Home Affairs correspondent Mark White has been told by sources that Khan was being monitored with an electronic tag when he was released from jail a year ago and had links to Islamist terror groups.

He was a student and personal friend of the Islamist extremist Anjem Choudary, who co-founded the now banned Al-Muhajiroun group.

Police search a property in Stafford, Staffordshire
Image: A property in Stafford, Staffordshire, has been searched
Police search a property in Stafford, Staffordshire

Khan was one of a series of Al-Muhajiroun connected terrorists to be released over a six-month period beginning in the autumn of 2018.

Khan was known to have attended a series of Al-Muhajiroun protests and street stalls in the Midlands area prior to his arrest.

Armed police at the scene
Image: Armed police at the scene

In the months before his arrest and conviction for the London Stock Exchange terror plot, police raided his home in Tunstall, Staffordshire, over concerns about his links to Choudary.

At the time of his arrest, investigators found Choudary's phone details on Khan's mobile phone.

Before his conviction in 2012, Khan had been secretly recorded talking about plans to recruit UK radicals to train at a camp in Kashmir.

"There's victory, what we hope for, there's shahada (death as martyrs), or there's prison," he had said.

Members of the public run from the scene
Image: Members of the public run from the scene

The then-20-year-old pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct for the preparation of terrorism, which included travelling to and attending operational meetings, fundraising for terrorist training, preparing to travel abroad and assisting others in travelling abroad.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Wilkie said Khan and his co-conspirators had planned a "serious, long-term venture in terrorism" that could have resulted in atrocities in the UK.

"It was envisaged by them all that ultimately they and the other recruits may return to the UK as trained and experienced terrorists available to perform terrorist attacks in this country, on one possibility contemplated in the context of the return of British troops from Afghanistan," he said.

The Parole Board has said it had no part in Khan's release from prison.

Sky's home affairs correspondent Mark White was with a tactical response team at the time it was called to the incident in London Bridge.
Embedded with the police during terror attack

Attack investigation

The Met's assistant commissioner Neil Basu said Khan had been living in Staffordshire before Friday's attack and officers were searching his address.

He added: "This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences. He was released from prison in December 2018 on licence and clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack."

He said: "The investigation into the attack near London Bridge continues at a pace.

"Whilst we are still in the early stages of the investigation, at this time we are not actively seeking anyone else in relation to the attack.

"However, we continue to make fast time enquiries to ensure that no other people were involved in this attack and that there is no outstanding threat to the public."

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