Man reportedly shot by police on London Bridge

Yolanda Curtis
November 30, 2019

He wore a fake suicide vest under his jacket, and had reportedly threatened to "blow up" the conference building. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities said they do not believe the terrorist group was involved.

Health officials said two of the wounded were stable and the third had less serious injuries.

The Prime Minister chaired a Cobra meeting on Friday to lead the response, and the Government will take every measure to keep our citizens safe - as hard as it is to intercept every "lone wolf" attack, which have become increasingly common.

During the attack, he had been wearing an electronic tag used to monitor criminal offenders, according to a report in British newspaper The Times. The police said they believed the accused strapped to his body "hoax explosive device".

"It's a awful thing that people found themselves in that position, but as we saw the worst of humankind, we also saw the very best of human spirit and of London", Dick said. He said extra police patrols on the streets would be added "for reassurance purposes".

Khan was known to the authorities, having been convicted of terrorism offences in 2012.

Khan admitted to a lesser charge of engaging in conduct for the preparation of acts of terrorism. Khan was secretly taped planning attacks and discussing his possible martyrdom.

Khan and his accomplices had links to radical preacher Anjem Choudary. The Henry Jackson Society noted that Choudary's mobile number was found in Khan's cell phone.

The mayor was speaking as police searched homes in Stafford, 225 kilometres northwest of London, in connection with the investigation.

Sources revealed that Khan was attending a rehab meeting following his early release from prison.

"He was released from prison in December 2018 on license", Basu added, using the phrase often referred to as "parole" in other countries. The main political parties suspended campaigning in London as a mark of respect.

A convicted terrorist responsible for the deadly London Bridge attack claimed he was not an extremist in an unearthed TV interview.

Mr Merritt, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, was a course coordinator on Cambridge University's Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation programme. Cambridge Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope said he was "devastated" to learn that the attack may have targeted people attending an event organized by the university's Institute of Criminology.

Footage posted on social media showed armed officers apparently pulling civilians off a person lying on the ground on the bridge before firing at him from close range. Gunshots followed. Another depicted a man in a suit holding a long knife that apparently had been taken from the attacker.

A passerby picks up the attacker's knife and moves it away as armed police move in for the arrest.

"For the Conservatives, there will be questions for the Home Secretary about why, only three weeks ago, she reduced the terror threat in the United Kingdom from severe to substantial", Fisher said, adding that cuts to police numbers could have had an impact on their surveillance of Khan.

She also paid tribute to those who risked life and limb to prevent more casualties.

Mayor Sadiq Khan praised the "breathtaking heroism of members of the public who literally ran towards danger not knowing what confronted him".

Earlier this month, Britain had lowered its national terrorism threat level to "substantial" from "severe", its lowest level since 2014.

A White House spokesman said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the attack and was monitoring the situation.

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