The person who carried out the stabbings was “a fighter of Islamic State, and carried out the attack in response to calls to attack the citizens of coalition countries,” the terror groups news agency said in a statement.
The Metropolitan Police said the suspect wasnt formally identified. “However, given the circumstance of the incident, we are confident that he was Sudesh Amman, aged 20,” police said in a statement.
“The suspect had been recently released from prison where he had been serving a sentence for Islamist-related terrorism offences.”
Police shot the suspect dead at the scene of the crime on Streatham High Road around 2 p.m. local time. He had a device strapped to his body but it turned out to be a “hoax device,” the statement read.
Three people were rushed to nearby hospitals. One man, in his 40s, was initially considered to be in life-threatening condition but has improved and thats no longer the case. A woman in her 50s who suffered non-life threatening injuries was later discharged from the hospital. The third victim suffered minor injuries and was being treated.
Ammans mother, Haleema Faraz Khan, told Sky News that she saw him three days prior to the attack. She said her son was a “polite and lovely boy” before being sentenced to jail.
“He became more religious inside prison, thats where I think he became radicalized. He was watching and listening to things online which brainwashed him,” she added.
“Before he went to prison he was not that religious. After he came out he was really religious.”
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said that there were at least 70 people convicted of terrorism offenses who were released and noted another recent attack was carried out “by someone released from prison despite being intent on killing innocent people.”
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