Convicted terrorist kills two in London Bridge stabbing, shot dead by police

By Helene Fung

A man wearing a fake explosives vest stabbed several people in London, killed a man and a woman, and injured three others. He was then tackled by passers-by, and then shot dead by UK Police officers on London Bridge.

The culprit has been formally identified by the police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, who had been convicted of a terrorism offence in 2012, and released in December 2018. British media reported that Khan had been recently freed from prison conditional to wearing a tracking device.

There were reports that Khan stabbed people at a criminology conference he was attending in Fishmongers Hall, which is located at the northern end of London Bridge, just before 2pm on Friday (local time). He had apparently threatened to blow up the venue before stabbing several people.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said that the police were not actively seeking anyone else in relation to the attack, but officers were carrying out searches at a Staffordshire address on Friday night (local time). They are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or had video footage of the attack to come forward.

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