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London Bridge attacker's family 'saddened and shocked'

04 December 2019

London Bridge killer Usman Khan paid $1,300 on slimming therapies simply days earlier than his lethal terror assault - and was dubbed "Beyoncé Boy" due to his forbidden love for the diva, it was claimed Wednesday.

The Polish porter who fought off a knife-wielding attacker in the London Bridge stabbings said today that he acted instinctively in trying to prevent others from being hurt.

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were commemorated at the services, which included a minute's silence.

In an address, Mr Khan said London will never be cowed or intimated by terrorism.

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Friday's attack has become a political issue ahead of the December 12 election.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan were among those attending the vigil in the capital, which also included a minute's silence.

Asked by the senior coroner why Mr Merritt was moved, Mr Hugh said police had cordoned off the area and it was uncertain if there was further danger to the public at that time, so the area was evacuated.

"I and several others tried to stop a man from attacking people inside the building", he said. "The male was subsequently shot by police".

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Khan, who was living in Stafford, Staffordshire, was given permission to travel into the heart of London by police and the probation service.

Khan had been released from prison last year after serving eight years for an al-Qaida-linked plot to set up a training camp in Pakistan. What assessment was made of his psychological condition before he was released? 'There are some cases which are just too tough to crack and, alas, he appears to have been one of them'.

"Don't use my son's death, and his and his colleague's photos - to promote your vile propaganda", David Merritt said in a tweet above images of the front pages of right-wing tabloids, the Daily Mail and Daily Express, both of which described a government plan for a "blitz on freed jihadis".

Mr Merritt and Ms Jones were both University of Cambridge graduates, and had been attending an event for the university's Learning Together programme - which focuses on prisoner rehabilitation - when they were attacked.

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London Bridge attacker's family 'saddened and shocked'