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Fire Extinguisher, Giant Tusk Used on London Bridge Suspect

Deceased attacker IDed as 28-year-old Usman Khan, convicted in 2012 on terrorism charges
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2019 6:00 AM CST
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This undated photo shows Usman Khan.   (West Midlands Police via AP)

(Newser) – After Friday's stabbing attack at London Bridge that killed two, a name for the also-deceased suspect: Usman Khan, a 28-year-old who'd been convicted in 2012 on terrorism offenses, per CNN. The news outlet reports that Khan, originally hailing from Pakistan, was nabbed in a counterterrorism sweep in London in 2010 and admitted to such offenses as fundraising and recruiting for terrorist training. He pleaded guilty in 2012 and was sentenced to 16 years behind bars. However, Khan was let out early in 2018 with an ankle monitor and "on license," similar to parole in that he had to meet certain conditions or go back to prison, per NBC News. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Khan should never have been let out of prison early. "It is very important that we get out of that habit and that we enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists," Johnson said.

Meanwhile, the "everyday heroes" who helped take Khan down are being praised for their quick thinking and brave actions. The Guardian reports one man found a fire extinguisher and sprayed Khan with it before swinging it at him, while another man was seen wielding what appeared to be a white pole, but which was revealed to be a somewhat more creative weapon (this appears to be a picture of both going after Khan at the same time). "A guy who was with us at Fishmongers Hall took a 5' narwhale tusk from the wall and went out to confront the attacker," tweeted one woman who said she was at the scene. A 24-year-old tour manager tells the paper he stomped on Khan's wrist after he'd been tackled to the ground to get him to drop a large knife. "I was brought up on rugby and the rule is 'one in, all in,'" Thomas Gray says. "I did what any Londoner would do and tried to put a stop to it." (Read more London Bridge stories.)

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