The London Bridge Islamic terrorist ‘adhered to the conditions of release’
The attacker who killed two people at London Bridge adhered to the conditions of his release from prison in December 2018, says Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu Saturday night at a press conference.
The 28-year-old man from Staffordshire, England, injured five people with a knife on Friday, two of them killed. The attacker was fatally hit by a police bullet. In 2012, he was sentenced to prison for a terrorist crime.
The British police have found no evidence that there were accomplices of the attack on the London Bridge on Friday afternoon, Basu says. Two properties were searched. These are an address in Staffordshire and in Stoke-on-Trent, in the west of England. What properties these are and why they were searched was not disclosed.
Assistant police commissioner Basu thanked the public during the press conference for their contribution to the investigation. The police received more than five hundred images of the attack to be able to analyze. Basu calls on residents of London to stay alert, but to continue with their lives. The police presence in parts of London will increase and there will be more armed as well as unarmed officers on the street.
The Islamic State terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday evening via its own Amaq news agency.
On Friday afternoon the British police received a report of a stabbing at the London Bridge. Five people were injured and later in the day it was announced that two of them had died. Three victims of the stabbing, two women and a man, are still injured in the hospital.
Agents fired several shots when the perpetrator was arrested and died. The man also appeared to wear a fake explosive on his body.
The British government went into crisis consultation on Friday evening because of the stabbing. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an initial response that he closely monitored the situation and thanked the police and other emergency services for their prompt response.
It is not the first time that an attack has taken place on the known bridge. In an attack on the London Bridge in 2017, eight people were killed and 48 people were injured.