London Bridge 'terror attack': Video shows incident - live
A terror suspect who was shot dead on London Bridge Friday has been identified as 28-year-old Usman Khan, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement.
Khan had been residing in the Staffordshire area in England. Police are carrying out a search at an address in the county of Staffordshire.
Khan was known to authorities having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offenses and released from prison in December 2018 on license, according to the statement.
When prisoners are released on a license, they are given an electronic tag and they must abide by certain conditions like a home detention curfew, according to a Crown Prosecution Service barrister. If they violate the conditions, they are returned to prison without an appeal.
West Midlands Police released the following photo of Khan:
Tom Gray, a tour guide who tried to apprehend the terror suspect, told CNN affiliate ITV that the attacker was “wielding two knives, one was duct-taped to his hand.”
After other bystanders held the suspect down, Gray said he tried to “stamp the other knife from his wrist” and then kicked it further down the bridge.
Gray also said that he saw the suspect “running away from five guys running him down with a fire extinguisher.”
A law enforcement source tells CNN that British authorities are currently searching an address believed to be associated with the London Bridge attacker.
CNN previously reported that police have now positively identified the suspect, who was shot dead by police.
Sources have told CNN that the London bridge attacker “was released from jail for terror offenses on license."
According to a Crown Prosecution Service barrister, when prisoners are released on a license, they are given an electronic tag and they must abide by certain conditions like a home detention curfew. If they violate the conditions, they will be returned to prison without an appeal.
Earlier tonight, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that it is a “mistake” to allow violent criminals out of prison early.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to give police the support they need for their investigations following the stabbing attack at London Bridge.
The prime minister also took the opportunity to say his thoughts were with the families and everyone caught up in the attack that left two dead today.
Johnson, speaking prior to an emergency meeting at 10 Downing Street, also talked about the importance of enforcing appropriate prison sentences for criminals and especially terrorists.
“I have long argued that it is a mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early,” he said in a pool interview.
A law enforcement official familiar with the ongoing investigation tells CNN that British police have positively identified the London Bridge attacker.
What we know: The suspect was fatally shot by police after a stabbing attack at London Bridge, police said. Two people were killed in the attack.
New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio shared his condolences on Twitter following the stabbing attack in London today.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I want to express our condolences to Mayor @SadiqKhan and the people of London after the horrific terror attack on London Bridge," de Blasio said.
Read his tweet:
It's an "absolute priority" to identify the two people who were killed by the suspect in the London Bridge stabbing attack, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told reporters on tonight.
"Our priority is first of all to make a categorical identification, and secondly to make sure their families are informed as swiftly and as properly as we can," she said.
Three other people are being treated for injuries, Dick said.
The attack started in Fishmonger’s Hall in London, Dick told reporters.
"My understanding is that police were called at 13:58 hours and city of London police officers had bravely and professionally confronted the suspect by 14:03 hours, just five minutes later," she added.
The Metropolitan police commissioner warned that there would be more police presence in the coming days, both armed and unarmed, patrolling the streets.
"Similarly our counterterrorism detectives will be working round the clock to identify those who have lost their lives, to support all the victims and their families. We are also working at full-tilt to understand exactly what has happened and whether anyone else was involved. For this reason we expect cordons to remain in place around the London Bridge area for some time," she said.
A State Department official told CNN today that they “are not aware of any US citizens affected by today’s events at London Bridge.”
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected by today’s events in London. We stand together resolutely with our UK allies against all such acts of terror,” the official said in a statement.
Earlier today: Police opened fire on a suspect today during a stabbing incident. Police observed some sort of wiring and adhesive material protruding from what turned out to be a hoax device the suspect was wearing, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the ongoing investigation.
Realizing they did not have control over the suspect, and since officers and bystanders were in the vicinity, officers shot and killed the suspect to eliminate any possible threat, the official said.
Two victims of the stabbing have died.