London attacker’s accomplice held – Times of India

LONDON: A close aide of Usman Khan, the convicted terrorist from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir shot dead during Friday’s terror attack, has been arrested on suspicion of terror plots even as the London Bridge was opened to traffic and pedestrians amid heavy police presence on Monday. Nazam Hussain’s family also came from the same village in POK as Usman Khan.
The duo had been together found guilty of terrorism offences for a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and set up a POK terrorist training camp in the guise of a madrassa in 2012. Both Khan and Hussain were planning to travel to POK in 2011 but were arrested by security forces in coordinated raids in December 2010 as their nine-member gang was busted.
Counter-terrorism officers arrested 34-year-old Hussain over the weekend from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, the central England region where Usman Khan also hailed from. “Staffordshire police continue to carry out further enhanced neighbourhood patrols to reassure local communities following the incident… and the arrest of a man last night in Stoke-onTrent by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit in connection to a wider ongoing review of existing licence conditions of convicted terrorism offenders,” said Staffordshire police deputy chief constable Nick Baker.
Meanwhile, British PM Boris Johnson attended a vigil in London in memory of the two victims of Friday’s strike. Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, both students of the University of Cambridge, were killed at a university-linked Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation conference at London Bridge, which was attended by Khan as a prisoner out on early release from jail with an electronic tag. People also paid tribute to the victims at a vigil in Cambridge.

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