London Bridge attacker had been convicted of terrorism offenses but released last year

An image grab taken from a video shows a man surrounded by police after an incident on London Bridge on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (@HLOBlog via AP)
Updated 30 November 2019

London Bridge attacker had been convicted of terrorism offenses but released last year

  • Sporting a fake suicide vest and wielding knives, Usman Khan went on the rampage at a rehabilitation conference beside London Bridge
  • He was wrestled to the ground by bystanders and then shot dead by police

LONDON: The 28-year-old British man who killed two people in a stabbing spree on London Bridge before police shot him dead had previously been convicted of terrorism offenses and was released from prison last year.
Sporting a fake suicide vest and wielding knives, Usman Khan went on the rampage just before 2 p.m. on Friday at a rehabilitation conference beside London Bridge. He was wrestled to the ground by bystanders and then shot dead by police.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has called a snap election for Dec. 12 and is due to host NATO leaders including US President Donald Trump next week, said it was a terrorist attack and said Britain would never be cowed.




An undated photo of Usman Khan provided by West Midlands Police . (West Midlands Police via AP)


Khan, whose family hails from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, was convicted in 2012 for his part in an Al-Qaeda-inspired plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange but was released in December 2018 subject to conditions.
“This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offenses,” Britain’s top counter-terrorism police officer, Neil Basu, said in a statement.
“Clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack,” Basu said.
Two people — a man and a woman — were killed in the attack. In addition, a man and two women were injured and remain in hospital, Basu said.
Britain’s security minister Brandon Lewis said police are not looking for any other suspects over the attack.
During the 2017 election campaign, London Bridge was the scene of an attack when three militants drove a van into pedestrians and then attacked people in the surrounding area, killing eight and injuring at least 48.
Daesh said its fighters were responsible, but the British authorities have cast doubt on those claims. The attack focused attention on cuts to policing since the governing Conservatives took power in 2010.
Friday’s attack, just 13 days before an election that could decide the fate of Brexit and the world’s fifth largest economy, prompted political leaders to scale back campaigning.
The focus of campaigning is likely to shift from Brexit and the health service to crime.
“This country will never be cowed, or divided, or intimidated by this sort of attack,” Johnson told reporters in Downing Street. He also praised the bravery of bystanders who tackled Khan to the ground.
A video posted on Twitter showed police dragging one man off the suspect before an officer took careful aim. Two shots rang out. The man stopped moving.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was horrified by the attack.
“We must and we will stand together to reject hatred and division,” said Corbyn, who opinion polls show trails Johnson.


Malaysia’s king rejects PM Muhyiddin’s request for emergency rule

Updated 25 October 2020

Malaysia’s king rejects PM Muhyiddin’s request for emergency rule

  • Critics say Muhyiddin Yassin’s request for emergency rule is an attempt by the premier to stay in power amid a leadership challenge

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah rejected on Sunday a proposal by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for him to declare a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis, saying that he did not see the need.
Critics say Muhyiddin’s request for emergency rule, which would include suspending parliament, is an attempt by the premier to stay in power amid a leadership challenge.
Malaysia is seeing a resurgence in virus infections and on Saturday reported its biggest daily jump in cases with 1,228 new cases.
The palace said Muhyiddin made the request for emergency rule to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, but that the government has been handling the crisis well.
“Al-Sultan Abdullah is of the opinion that there is no need at the moment for His Majesty to declare an emergency in the country or in any part of the country of Malaysia,” the palace said in a statement.
“His Majesty is confident in the ability of the government under the leadership of the Prime Minister to continue to implement policies and enforcement efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The king’s decision came after a meeting with other senior royals in the country.
The constitution gives the king the right to decide if an emergency should be declared, based on threats to security, economy or public order.
Muhyiddin has been in a precarious position since he took office in March with a two-seat majority. Uncertainties deepened after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said last month he had the parliamentary majority to form a new government.