Suspect Usman Khan in London Bridge stabbing plotted to attack London Stock Exchange in 2010: Sources

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Suspect Usman Khan in London Bridge stabbing plotted to attack London Stock Exchange in 2010: Sources


The man suspected of carrying out a deadly terror attack near the London Bridge spent years in prison for plotting other attacks in the U.K., British counterterrorism officials told ABC News.

Usman Khan, 28, was imprisoned from 2012 to 2018 for planning attacks, including one aimed at the London Stock Exchange in 2010, the officials said.

Following his release, he was wearing an electronic tag, according to the officials.

Khan is believed to be the only suspect in the stabbing Friday afternoon that left two people dead and three others injured.

He was shot dead by police, authorities said.

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This undated photo provided by West Midlands Police shows Usman Khan. UK counterterrorism police are searching for clues into an attack that left two people dead and three injured near London Bridge.

The British counterterrorism officials also told ABC News that he had links to Pakistan’s tribal areas and planned to run training camps there in an attempt to recruit others.

Neil Basu, assistant commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, said Khan had been convicted of terrorism offenses, but he did not detail what those crimes were.

Basu said in a statement that Khan had been released last December.

“Clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack,” he said.

The victims who were killed — identified by police as a man and woman — have not yet been identified. Those injured, two women and one man, remain in the hospital, according to Basu.

PHOTO: Armed police officers on the north side of London Bridge in London, Nov. 29, 2019.
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Armed police officers on the north side of London Bridge in London, Nov. 29, 2019.
PHOTO: Abandoned buses are parked after an incident on London Bridge in London, Nov. 29, 2019.
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Abandoned buses are parked after an incident on London Bridge in London, Nov. 29, 2019.

Police believe the attack began inside Fishmonger’s Hall at an event and then continued onto the London Bridge.

Khan had been living in the Staffordshire area, located about 161 miles northwest of the London Bridge, authorities said.

In the hours after the attack, police conducted a search of a home in Staffordshire.

PHOTO: In this image made from video provided by Luke Poulton, armed police surround a truck parked across lanes of traffic on London Bridge, following an incident in central London, Nov. 29, 2019.
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In this image made from video provided by Luke Poulton, armed police surround a truck parked across lanes of traffic on London Bridge, following an incident in central London, Nov. 29, 2019.

Police have asked anyone with information to come forward, especially those were at Fishmonger’s Hall.

London Bridge and some surrounding areas remain closed Saturday while forensic teams investigate the crime scene. Flags on government buildings will fly at half-mast in the U.K. in honor of the victims, the government said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan told reporters that police and counterterrorism experts believe the attack is an isolated incident.

The mayor said the city would “stay resolute in our determination to stand strong and united in the face of terror.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended his condolences to the victims of the attack and their families.

Johnson said in a statement that Britain “will never be cowed or divided or intimidated by this sort of attack.”

In June 2017, eight were killed when a group of attackers plowed a van into people on London Bridge and then drove to nearby Borough Market and stabbed several others.

ABC News’ Dimitrije Stejic, Morgan Winsor and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.



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