UK will announce new rules for militants after street stabbing
LONDON: the British government He plans to announce new rules for the imprisonment of convicted terrorists after an Islamic militant who was recently released from prison stabbed two people in South London, the second in less than three months.
Home secretary Priti Patel, who is in charge of the police, said the government would release its plans Monday. Following Sunday's attack and a Nov. 29 attack in which two people were killed in central London, the government said it would effectively stop the early release of convicted extremists, double terror sentences and overhaul the conditions under which they are released back into the community.
The government will be ``announcing some fundamental changes, in addition to what we've already said, that we will do to deal with counter-terrorism and counter-terrorist offenders,'' Patel said late Sunday.
A police man identified as 20-year-old Sudesh Amman, tied to a fake bomb and stabbed two people in a busy London street on Sunday before being shot dead by police.
Lucy D'Orsi said that Amman had been convicted of posting graphic videos of terrorists online and had stored instructions on making bombs and knife attacks.
Officers had been following Amman at the time of Sunday's attack, D'Orsi said, but they could not avoid bloodshed in the commercial and residential neighborhood of Streatham, in south London, where Amman attacked outside an important pharmacy on a busy shopping afternoon.
The incident in London recalled a November attack carried out by another man who had served time for terrorism. Two were killed in that attack.
Counter-terrorism officials have warned of the threat posed by unless the government couples prison sentences with effective de-radicalization programs. More than 70 people convicted of terror offenses have have been released after serving their time.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said Sunday's attack was clearly predictable in the wake of the London Bridge killings.
``One of the questions I've got for the government is what are we doing about those 70-odd people who have been released from prison?'' he asked.