December 2, 2019|8:51am
Flowers and tributes are remaining for Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones who ended up each killed in the London Bridge stabbing assault
Forensic officers examine at the scene of the London Bridge stabbing assault
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A jihadi associate of London Bridge killer Usman Khan has been arrested by British police amid fears of copycat assaults, according to reports.
Nazam Hussain, 34, was a member of a terror cell together with Khan that saw them jailed in 2012 for plotting Mumbai-fashion assaults on London landmarks — and then released early thanks to controversial regulations.
Hussain was busted Saturday — the day right after Khan, 28, killed two in central London — as law enforcement raided his residence in Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, according to The Situations of London.
He was held in prison for a suspected violation of ailments of his release, the paper claimed. 6 of the 9 mobile users jailed in 2012 experienced been introduced and had been again on the streets, The Times mentioned. There is no information linking Hussain to the London Bridge attack.
Hussain was a shut buddy of Khan, who stabbed to demise two individuals in advance of remaining tackled by hero bystanders and then shot by cops, police explained to The Times.
Khan had masqueraded as a reformed jihadist to get out of jail early and be in a position to start his attack.
His lethal assault has re-centered the spotlight on other convicted terrorists now also freed as aspect of a lawful loophole that Primary Minister Boris Johnson blamed on outdated legislation from a “Leftie federal government.”
“We will hold violent offenders and terrorists in jail more time and finish the computerized early release method,” Johnson, whose dwelling experienced been a person of the targets for Khan’s cell, vowed on Twitter.
At minimum 74 convicted terrorists are becoming vetted soon after the assault and resources have advised The Telegraph “a number” are envisioned to be sent back to prison in the coming times.
Government sources also instructed The Occasions that there was “very probable to be greater scrutiny of these males.”
Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, announced that his division would be examining the cases of a broader team of a “few hundred people” who could not have committed terrorist offenses but hold extremist sights, The Occasions said.
Khan is considered to have acted alone, donning a hoax suicide bomb vest since he required to be shot, The Situations said.