Man wear­ing fake bomb stabs two in Lon­don

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - By GRE­GORY KATZ and DAN­ICA KIRKA

LON­DON — A man re­cently re­leased from prison af­ter serv­ing time for ter­ror­ism-re­lated of­fenses strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two peo­ple on a busy Lon­don street Sun­day be­fore be­ing shot to death by po­lice, of­fi­cials said.

Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Lucy D’Orsi said po­lice are “con­fi­dent” the at­tacker was 20-year-old Sudesh Am­man. He had been con­victed for pub­lish­ing graphic ter­ror­ist videos on­line and had stock­piled in­struc­tions on bomb mak­ing and knife at­tacks, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“The sus­pect had been re­cently re­leased from prison where he had been serv­ing a sen­tence for Is­lamist-re­lated ter­ror­ism of­fences,” she said.

The af­ter­noon in­ci­dent in Lon­don re­called a Novem­ber stab­bing at­tack car­ried out by an­other man who had served prison time for ter­ror­ism of­fense. Two were killed in that at­tack.

Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son said mea­sures will be in­tro­duced Mon­day to bring “fun­da­men­tal” change to the way peo­ple con­victed of ter­ror­ism of­fenses are han­dled in prison and af­ter­ward.

It seems likely the vic­tims will sur­vive Sun­day’s at­tack in the bustling com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial south Lon­don neigh­bor­hood of Streatham, where Am­man struck out­side a ma­jor phar­macy on a busy shop­ping af­ter­noon.

D’Orsi said a stab­bing vic­tim in his 40s thought to be in life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion has improved. She said the vic­tim is no longer in dan­ger and that a woman who had been hos­pi­tal­ized has been re­leased.

One other fe­male vic­tim is still in the hospi­tal with lesser in­juries po­lice be­lieve were caused by fly­ing glass af­ter the at­tacker was shot dead.

D’Orsi said the in­ci­dent started at 2 p.m. when Am­man was al­ready be­ing trailed by po­lice.

“Armed of­fi­cers, who were part of a proac­tive coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tion and were fol­low­ing the sus­pect on foot, were in im­me­di­ate at­ten­dance and shot a male sus­pect dead at the scene,” she said.

She said po­lice saw a de­vice strapped to the at­tacker’s body and called in spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers who quickly de­ter­mined the pur­ported ex­plo­sive de­vice was a hoax.

Of­fi­cials praised the po­lice ac­tion but ques­tions are likely to be raised about why the of­fi­cers trail­ing Am­man could not pre­vent his at­tack.

Video from the scene ap­peared to show three un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers in an un­marked car mak­ing a quick stop just af­ter the at­tack.

Bell Re­be­rio-Addy, a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment who rep­re­sents Streatham, said the at­tacker had been un­der sur­veil­lance “for some time.”

D’Orsi said there was no “con­tin­u­ing dan­ger” to the pub­lic, but the area re­mained cor­doned off as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued. The usu­ally busy area was de­serted as the pub­lic heeded po­lice re­quests to stay away.

The drama about five miles south of cen­tral Lon­don marked a de­par­ture from re­cent ter­ror at­tacks in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal that took place near land­marks such as Lon­don Bridge and the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

The at­tack caused chaos and panic on what had been a typ­i­cal Sun­day af­ter­noon, with the streets filled with shop­pers.

Karker Tahir said he was at work when he saw po­lice chas­ing a man down Streatham High Road, the area’s main shop­ping district.

“They kept telling him, ‘Stop! Stop!’’ Tahir said. “But he didn’t stop, and then I saw that they shot him three times. It was hor­ri­ble see­ing it. The man was on the floor and it looked like he had some­thing, which po­lice said may be a de­vice. Po­lice came to us and said, ‘You have to leave the shop be­cause he has a bomb in his bag.’”


Po­lice at­tend the scene af­ter an in­ci­dent in Streatham, Lon­don, Sun­day. Lon­don po­lice say of­fi­cers shot a man dur­ing a “ter­ror­ism-re­lated in­ci­dent” that in­volved the stab­bings of “a num­ber of peo­ple.”

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