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Vigils held for London Bridge attack victims

Vigils held for London Bridge attack victims”

A convicted Islamist terrorist, who spent part of his teens in Pakistan and released previous year from a United Kingdom prison, is suspected to be the man who stabbed two people to death in a terror attack on London Bridge, police said on November 30.

A vigil is planned to pay tribute to those who died in the London Bridge attack and to honour the bystanders who fought the attacker.

Police identified the man, who was shot dead by officers after the Friday attack, as 28-year-old Usman Khan, saying they were not actively seeking any other suspects in relation to the incident.

The memorial event in the City of London financial district, a short distance from the scene of the attack, involved members of the emergency services and the public.

The Metropolitan Police also updated the status of the surviving victims.

Sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison in 2012 with a requirement that the parole board assess his danger to the public before release, he was set free in December 2018 - without a parole board assessment. The argument facilities over the early launch from jail of Usman Khan, who served roughly half his sentence earlier than being let loose.

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Scotland Yard's Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, said in a statement at New Scotland Yard headquarters in London that a "number" of people had been injured, some of whom are said to be critical.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said a number of convicted terrorists could be returned to prison within days.

The gathering where the attack broke out had been meant to celebrate the fifth year of the program, university Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope said.

The two fatalities were Jones and Merritt, and Merritt had already been named by his family as one of the victims.

Earlier, the Merritt family issued a statement: "We know Jack would not want this awful, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary".

Justice minister Robert Buckland told BBC radio he was meeting officials on Monday to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison.



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