Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

London Bridge attacker's family 'saddened and shocked'

London Bridge attacker's family 'saddened and shocked'

City of London senior coroner Alison Hewitt officially opened the inquests into the deaths of Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, before adjourning them to a date to be fixed.

Dr Paul Stott of the Henry Jackson Society, a security think-tank, said: 'The murderous terrorist act committed by Usman Khan requires a root and branch re-examination of our counter-extremism programmes.

"Saskia was attacked inside Fishmongers' Hall and pronounced deceased at the location at 1425", he said.

Khan's relatives also issued a statement through the police, saying that they "totally condemn his actions and we wish to express our condolences to the families of the victims that have died and wish a speedy recovery to all of the injured".

'We have to face the grim reality that in some cases it is really very hard, ' he said.

"The man attacked me, after which he left the building", he said.

"We would like to request privacy for our family at this hard time".

Khan was attending an event at the hall and had returned for the afternoon session when he started stabbing people.

The victims' families have paid tribute to their loved ones.

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Earlier accounts of the incident suggested that Lukasz had prodded Khan with a narwhal tusk that had been ripped from the wall of the hall.

Khan, 28, was arrested in December 2010 and sentenced in 2012 to indeterminate detention for "public protection" with a minimum jail term of eight years after pleading guilty to preparing terrorist acts.

Bangladeshi-born Chowdhury, who came to the United Kingdom in 2004 and was granted indefinite leave to remain, was described as the "linchpin" of the foiled al-Qaida-inspired plot.

Convicted of plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2012, he was released from prison on licence a year ago. "The male was subsequently shot by police".

He was tackled by members of the public, including ex-offenders from the conference, before he was shot dead by police.

"Yet under the law, when he was sentenced, there was no means of reviewing his release - he was just sprung automatically.' Mr Johnson, who later joined home secretary Priti Patel on an election trip to Southampton, added it was a 'profound question" as to whether some terrorists could ever be rehabilitated.

Ms O'Brien was seen breaking down in tears as she and Mr Merritt's family gathered at a vigil in Cambridge on Monday to remember the victims.

Mr Merritt's father David wrote in the Guardian how his son would have been "livid" at how his death has been used to "perpetuate an agenda of hate", amid criticism of the prime minister for politicising the tragedy.

Also killed was Ms Jones, from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, who was a volunteer on the Learning Together programme, which was holding an anniversary event where the event took place.

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