Published: Tue, December 03, 2019

Vigils held for victims of London Bridge terror attack

Vigils held for victims of London Bridge terror attack

He was released a year ago without an assessment from the parole board of whether he was a threat to the public, despite a warning from the sentencing judge that such an assessment should be made. Merritt and Jones were both killed in a terror attack near the London Bridge on November 29, 2019.

The attacker was attending the event at Fishmongers' Hall, beside the bridge, and had returned for the afternoon session when he started stabbing people.

Following Friday's attack, the prime minister has promised a tougher stance on the release of prisoners if his ruling Conservative Party wins the general election on December 12.

London held a vigil on Monday for two people killed near London Bridge by a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, an incident that thrust criminal justice to the centre of a campaign 10 days before a national election.

"They are being properly invigilated to make sure there is no threat", Johnson told the BBC.

A handwritten target list was found at one of the convicted terrorists homes, which included the address of the then London Mayor Boris Johnsons, two rabbis, the American embassy in London and the address of the Dean of St Pauls cathedral in London.

Police said, however, there was no information to suggest a link to Friday's attack.

Saskia Jones, aged 23, and Jack Merritt, aged 25, were killed in the attack, while three others were injured.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said that 74 people jailed for terror offences and released early will have their license conditions reviewed.

In his poem, Khan wrote: "I write so my words become a soothing light, I write so I can enter the coldest of hearts, I write so I can speak to those locked off, From the world engulfed in the blinding absence of sight, I write so I can express what I feel is right".

In this photo taken on December 2, 2019, floral tributes are left for Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who were killed in a terror attack in London, England. His relatives said he "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".

Merritt was a course coordinator at Cambridge University's criminology institute, which was hosting its event by London Bridge to mark five years of its prisoner rehabilitation programme.

Two of them remain hospitalized in stable condition, according to London's Metropolitan Police Service. Mr Williamson said one employee, whom he identified as Lukasz, pulled a 5-foot (1.5m) narwhal tusk from the wall and charged at Khan, allowing others to escape.

Dozens of people gathered in central London on Monday morning to pay tribute to the victims of a terror attack that unfolded near London Bridge on Friday. Police believe he acted alone.

But the Islamic State group has released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

The Telegraph reported that Khan appeared in a recent brochure for the rehabilitation initiative, in which he thanked the scheme for providing him with a "secure" laptop computer.

Khan was arrested in 2010 and admitted to being part of an al-Qaida-inspired plot to set up a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

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