Khan shocked the nation on Friday when he launched an attack on civilians on London Bridge. The 28-year-old killed two people and injured another three before being tackled and disarmed by heroic members of the public. The terrorist was wielding two knives and wearing a suicide vest which was later discovered to be a fake. It wasn’t long before the emergency services arrived and specialist armed officers shot him dead at the scene. He had been attending a prisoner rehabilitation event hosted by a University of Cambridge initiative Learning Together, at Fishmongers’ Hall, when he apparently “threatened to blow up” the building.
It was also revealed this week that Khan was already a convicted terrorist who had been sentenced to serve 16 years after he was involved in a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange at Christmas and assinate Boris Johnson (when he was mayor).
The group were motivated by al-Qaeda and were under MI5 surveillance.
He was released in December 2018, and was out on licence wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he embarked on a spree of violence last week.
In 2008 Khan was interviewed by the BBC. His property was one of five to be raided by counter terrorism police, but no one was charged as a result of the investigation.
Usman Khan (Image: West Midlands Police)
Khan aged 15 in 2008 said: 'I ain't no terrorist.' (Image: BBC)
Only 15 at the time, he complained to the press: “I’ve been born and bred in England in Stoke-on-Trent in Cobridge, and all the community knows me and they will know, if you ask them, they will know like these labels that you’re putting on, this or that, they will know – I ain’t no terrorist.”
He lived on Rushton Grove in Cobridge until his late teens.
Neighbours told the Daily Mail this week how they were shocked at his change from “a lovely young lad”.
One neighbour, Serry Yousaf, 28, said: “He was such a lovely lad, such a nice person. What has happened has shocked me. We went to the same mosque.
“He was very respectful, especially towards women. He was a very good looking lad, always wore nice clothes, nice tracksuits and jeans.
“He was into Islam, but he was not one of those off his head.”
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