British Prime Minister Johnson pressed under penalty of imprisonment after the London Bridge attack

By Costas Pitas and Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - The London Bridge attack brought law and order to the top of the British political agenda on Saturday, days before an early election, after police said the aggressor had previously been convicted of Terrorist crimes but had been released early from prison. . Usman Khan, dressed in a fake suicide vest and brandishing knives, was enraged at a conference on criminal rehabilitation next to the London Bridge on Friday, killing two people. The 28-year-old Briton was shot down by pedestrians and then shot dead by police. Police said Saturday that Khan had been convicted in 2012 for participating in an al Qaeda-inspired plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange. He was released in December 2018 subject to conditions. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labor Party, criticized the government's sentencing policies. There must be a very thorough investigation, said Corbyn, who seeks to dismiss Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the December 12 elections, but lags behind in opinion polls. I think there is also a question about what the probation service was doing ... and whether the probation board should have been involved in deciding whether or not he should have been released from prison in the first place, he said. . Earlier, Johnson said the attack was a terrorist act and promised to end a practice whereby serious criminals can automatically get out of prison early. I have long said that this system simply does not work, he said after visiting the scene of the attack on Saturday. Those convicted of a serious crime of terrorism must face a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years, he said later. The Islamic State said the attack was carried out by one of its combatants and was in response to its calls to target countries that had been part of a coalition fighting the jihadist group, according to its Amaq news agency. The group did not provide any evidence for their claim. A man and a woman died in the attack, and local media named one of the victims as Jack Merritt, coordinator of the Learning Together course, a prisoner rehabilitation program that held the conference at Fishmongers' Hall. According to the National Health Service, three people remain in the hospital with two victims in stable condition, while a third person suffers less serious injuries. ECOS OF 2017 Police said they were continuing their investigation looking for two addresses in the Staffordshire and Stoke areas in central England, and the country's main anti-terrorist officer said they were not looking for any other suspect. We have not found evidence to suggest that someone else was involved in this attack, said Neil Basu. Our research priority at this time is to ensure that there is no related pending threat to the public. London Bridge was the scene of an attack during the 2017 elections when three militants drove a van against pedestrians and then attacked people in the vicinity, killing eight people and injuring at least 48. The Islamic State said its fighters were responsible for that attack, but the British authorities have questioned those claims. The 2017 attack focused attention on the cuts to the police since the ruling conservatives took power in 2010. The attack on Friday caused a pause in the election campaign, but the reduction activities resumed on Saturday before the elections that could decide the fate of Brexit. Five polls published on Saturday night showed conservatives ahead of Labor, but with margins ranging from six to 15 points. The BMG pollster said it was possible that no party won a majority in the parliament of 650 seats. On Sunday, Corbyn will condemn foreign interventions such as the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 to stoke hatred, The Observer newspaper reported, as security and law and order occupy a more prominent place in the campaign. US President Donald Trump, who will attend a NATO summit in London next week, spoke with Johnson on Saturday and expressed condolences for the attack, the White House said in a statement. British police and politicians joined Queen Elizabeth on Saturday to praise those who intervened to frustrate the aggressor. I express my enduring thanks to the police and emergency services, as well as to the brave people who risk their own lives to help and selflessly protect others, he said. (Additional report by William Schomberg in London, Hesham Abdul Khalek in Cairo and Raphael Satter in Washington; Edition by Frances Kerry, Pravin Char, Marguerita Choy and Daniel Wallis) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)

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