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29 Nov, 2019 22:21

London Bridge attacker’s prior ‘terrorist’ conviction revealed as BoJo calls for ‘appropriate sentences’

London Bridge attacker’s prior ‘terrorist’ conviction revealed as BoJo calls for ‘appropriate sentences’

The man behind the London Bridge stabbing rampage had spent time in jail for an “Islamist terrorism-related offense,” UK newspapers report, as PM Boris Johnson called for stricter jail terms for offenders.

The attacker was released from prison on probation about a year ago, agreeing to wear an electronic monitoring tag as part of his bail terms, the Times and Sky News reported independently, citing government sources. The Ministry of Justice has ordered a review of his case, but authorities are yet to reveal his identity or share details of the crime for which he served time.

Moments before the attack, in an ironic twist of events, he is thought to have been due to share his story of “prisoner rehabilitation” at an event sponsored by Cambridge University. One bystander said that other ex-convicts attending the event rushed to restrain the assailant, one of them brandishing a narwhal tusk he pulled off the wall of the venue.

Two people were killed and several others injured in the attack, which took place on London Bridge on Friday afternoon. After a scuffle with police, the suspect – who wore a fake suicide vest and was believed to have a gun – was shot and killed. It has been deemed a “terrorist incident.”

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Calling the attack “heartbreaking,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was a “mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early,” adding that the courts must enforce the “appropriate sentences” for terrorists and other dangerous felons.

I can assure you… that anybody involved in this crime and these attacks will be hunted down and will be brought to justice.

While police have yet to identify any other suspects or accomplices, London police commissioner Cressida Dick said authorities were “working at full-tilt to understand exactly what has happened and whether anyone else was involved.”

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