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Boris Johnson vows to review convicts' early release

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Filed on November 30, 2019 | Last updated on November 30, 2019 at 11.23 pm

(Reuters)

Police shot and killed Usman Khan after his suspected assault that seriously injured three other people was broken up by bystanders.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed on Saturday to review Britain's sentencing system after a convicted terrorist released early from prison was suspected of stabbing two people to death in an attack around London Bridge.

Police shot and killed Usman Khan after his suspected assault that seriously injured three other people was broken up by bystanders - one armed with a five-foot narwhal tusk and another a fire extinguisher. The Daesh group on Saturday claimed responsibility for the stabbing attacks.

Khan, 28, had been conditionally released from jail last December after serving less than half of a 16-year prison sentence for terrorism, and was wearing a suspected fake explosive device.

"It does not make sense for us as a society to be putting people who have been convicted of terrorist offences... out on early release," Johnson said as he visited the scene. "We argue that people should serve the tariff, serve the term, of which they are sentenced," the prime minister added, noting the Conservatives' manifesto calls for a tougher sentencing regime.

Khan was handed an indeterminate sentence for public protection in 2012, with at least eight years in prison. He was part of an eight-man network who had plotted to bomb targets including the London Stock Exchange, and planned to take part in "terrorist training" in Pakistan. But his sentence was quashed in April 2013 and he received a new 21-year term, comprising a custodial sentence of 16 years and five years on conditional release.


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