Police last night made the first arrest in a new blitz on convicted terrorists who are free to walk our streets.
An Islamist jailed alongside London Bridge killer Usman Khan was dramatically held for allegedly plotting a fresh atrocity.
Nazam Hussain, 34, was detained just hours after Boris Johnson announced a top-level review into the licence conditions of 74 convicted terrorists who are now out of jail.
An Islamist jailed alongside London Bridge killer Usman Khan (left) was dramatically held for allegedly plotting a fresh atrocity. Nazam Hussain (right), 34, was detained just hours after Boris Johnson announced a top-level review into the licence conditions of 74 convicted terrorists who are now out of jail
Hussain was originally jailed in 2012 as part of a terror cell which was plotting to attack the London Stock Exchange and other high-profile targets in the City of London.
His arrest means new offences were allegedly discovered within hours of the review being demanded – raising serious questions about how convicted terrorists are supervised after being freed from jail.
The police move came two days after Khan, 28, murdered two people at a prisoner rehabilitation conference less than a year after being released from prison.
His second victim was yesterday named as former Cambridge University student Saskia Jones, 23, who had recently applied to join the police.
The police move came two days after Khan, 28, murdered two people at a prisoner rehabilitation conference less than a year after being released from prison
Khan's second victim was yesterday named as former Cambridge University student Saskia Jones (left and right), 23, who had recently applied to join the police
She had been volunteering at the conference at Fishmongers' Hall, near London Bridge, when Khan began his rampage on Friday afternoon.
Miss Jones' family paid tribute to her 'funny, kind, positive influence' and said she was 'generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people'.
Specialist officers from the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit arrested Hussain in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday. Sources confirmed he was being held 'on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts'.
The Imam of the mosque where London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan worshipped as a child yesterday condemned the attack.
Abdul Qadir Hashmi said his actions ‘cannot be justified under any circumstances’ and according to his religion the killer would ‘end up in hell’.
Khan grew up in the Cobridge area of Stoke-on-Trent and attended the Ghausia Mosque, before he left home in his late teens.
Imam Hashmi said the community’s thoughts were with the victims. He said: ‘My prayers are with the victims and relatives of those who were killed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims of this terrible act.
‘As Imam, I condemn any killing of innocent human beings. The religion I practice day in day out has no connection with those who choose to kill innocent people. The actions of this young man are wrong and cannot be justified under any circumstances. The Koran is clear, anyone who kills anyone else unjustly will end up in hell, no two ways about it.’
Police continued to search the home where Khan’s parents live yesterday and the Imam also said his thoughts were with the killer’s family. ‘The parents are as helpless as anyone else because they had no control over their child’s actions,’ he said.
He is believed to have been freed from jail less than a year ago, at roughly the same time as Khan. In other developments it emerged that:
n Khan – who schoolfriends said used to carry a photo of Osama bin Laden – was poised to begin a course at Cambridge University;
n The authorities forced him to be accompanied by an escort on a previous trip to London in March but this time he was allowed to travel to the capital alone by train;
n The killer had been seen driving a taxi in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent;
n Britain's most notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary claimed Khan and Hussain were 'entirely innocent' when they were jailed for the Stock Exchange plot in 2012.
Mr Johnson yesterday pledged to toughen anti-terror laws and said it was 'repulsive' that someone as dangerous as Khan had served only eight years behind bars after plotting to carry out acts of terrorism.
The Prime Minister told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: 'I think it is ridiculous, I think it is repulsive, that individuals as dangerous as this man should be allowed out after serving only eight years and that's why we are going to change the law.'
He blamed Labour for changing to the law in 2008 so offenders serving Khan's type of jail term were