London Bridge attack: Victim's girlfriend breaks down at vigil in Cambridge

Clay Curtis
December 2, 2019

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were killed on Friday when Usman Khan, a man convicted of terrorism offences in 2012, went on the rampage with kitchen knives at a prisoner rehabilitation conference beside London Bridge.

Khan had been a "case study" for Learning Together, the university's programme providing education for prisoners at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire, The Telegraph reported.

Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope said in a statement on Sunday that the woman, who hasn´t been named by police yet, had been part of the Learning Together programme that was taking place when the attack was carried out on Friday afternoon.

Khan was shot dead by police after stabbing five people in the area around London Bridge.

The Ministry of Justice has begun an urgent review of cases like Khan's that might pose a threat, including a review of the conditions governing the movements of every convicted terrorist who has been released from prison. They were fatally stabbed by 28-year-old convicted terrorist Usman Khan during an event created to connect graduate students with prisoners.

According to the police, two people, injured in the attack, remain in stable condition at a hospital, while the third injured person is now able to return home.

The Mayor of London is among those expected to attend a vigil for the victims of the London Bridge attack in the capital later.

But IS has released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

Jones was named Sunday as the second victim killed in the attack.

On that occasion, eight people were killed and 48 wounded before the three attackers, who were wearing fake suicide devices, were shot dead by police.

With less than two weeks to go until the December 12 snap election, British politicians sought to apportion blame for the early release of Khan - who was released despite a warning from the sentencing judge in 2012 that he was a danger to the public.

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Khan, a British national, had been handed an indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public in 2012 of at least eight years in prison.

It also asks the public not to "give the terrorists what they want by sharing videos or views from attackers or by blaming whole groups or giving in to hate". In 2013, an appeal court quashed Mr. Khan's sentence and replaced it with a 16-year term which allowed for automatic release at the halfway point, under a law adopted in 2008.

He was then conditionally released from jail around a year ago under so-called licensing conditions after serving about half of his jail term.

The proposals were not in the Conservatives' formal manifesto issued last Sunday.

Critics have hit out fiercely at Johnson for appearing to politicise Friday's attack - including the father of Jack Merritt.

They were part of a gathering at Fishmongers´ Hall near London Bridge to mark the fifth year of the social justice program, officials said.

It was targeted by Khan, a former participant, who arrived armed with two knives.

"Jack lived his principles; he believed in redemption and rehabilitation, not revenge, and he always took the side of the underdog".

"We don't need knee-jerk reactions", he added in a series of messages responding to the political furor around the attack.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson - whose Conservatives have been in power for almost a decade - is now vowing to end the practice and stiffen sentences.

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