ISIS Claim Responsibility For London Bridge Terror Attack
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge terror attack on Friday (29 November), in which two members of the public were killed and three were injured.
The terrorist group said that Usman Khan, 28, committed the attack on their behalf, although no evidence was offered up.
The statement was put out by the group's press agency, and read: "The person who carried out the London attack... was a fighter from the Islamic State, and did so in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries."
1. ISIS has just claimed the London Bridge attack, through a bulletin from its news agency Amaq, which was published in one of the few rooms on the app Telegram that is still posting ISIS propaganda following the operation by @Europol which aimed to deplatform the group: pic.twitter.com/NOCPydiYff
- Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) November 30, 2019
According to a Twitter thread from New York Times journalist Rukmini Callimachi, who specialises in ISIS & al-Qaeda, the statement suggests the attacker was inspired by ISIS propaganda.
The group has often urged its followers to commit lone attacks, using any means possible. It indicates that the murderer was inspired by ISIS and its ideology, as opposed to having been actually dispatched by the group directly.
The first victim of the London Bridge terror attack has been named by his father.
Jack Merritt was a worker from Cambridge University and was killed by Usman Khan on Friday afternoon.
His father David wrote on Twitter: "My son, Jack, who was killed in this attack, would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily. R.I.P. Jack: you were a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog."
Mr Merritt was a course coordinator for the prisoner rehabilitation programme that the terrorist attended, along with other convicts.
At Learning Together, he helped to run a programme that brought together those in higher education and the criminal justice system.
As part of his work, he helped students based at the University of Cambridge and those based in prison to study together on university courses, with the aim of making society more inclusive and to reduce re-offending.
Two members of the public were killed in the attack, with the other victim, a woman, not yet named after the Metropolitan Police were called to reports of a stabbing on Friday afternoon.
They confirmed that the suspect was shot dead at the scene and that several people were also injured, as well as the two fatalities. They are now searching properties in Staffordshire, where the terrorist was said to be living.
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