By Isha Sesay • 30 November 2019 • 22:44
ISIS state that convicted terrorist Usman Khan had acted on their behalf. Credit: Al Hyat Media.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the stabbing rampage in London Bridge that left 2 dead and 3 others seriously injured.
Through Amaq, the terror organisation’s news agency, they announced that terrorist Usman Khan had acted on their behalf.
The group did not provide any specific evidence that the attack was executed under their orders, but they did say that it was a response to target countries that have been part of a coalition which was against the jihadist group. They said:
“The person who carried out the London attack was a fighter from the Islamic State, and did so in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries.”
Khan carried out his horrifying attack at London Bridge wearing a fake suicide jacket, causing chaos in the city on Friday afternoon (November 29). Brandishing 2 knives, he threatened to blow up Fishmongers’ Hall where he was attending a conference on prisoner rehabilitation at the time. He was then chased and tackled to the floor by members of the public before armed police shot him dead at the scene.
It has since emerged that Khan was a convicted terrorist jailed for eight years in 2012 after police uncovered a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp.
In response to the revelations, Boris Johnson said that it was a “mistake” to allow Khan out early. The Prime Minister, who has pledged a crackdown on violent crime, stated: “It is important we get out of that habit and enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists.”
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