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    Johnson on London Bridge Attack: People Convicted of Terrorism Offences Shouldn't Be Released Early

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    The knife attack on Friday claimed the lives of three people, including the perpetrator, who was released from prison nearly a year ago after serving a seven-year term.

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Saturday that the government wants to toughen sentences for violent crimes after a fatal London Bridge stabbing attack carried out by a convicted terrorist who was wearing a hoax suicide vest.

    "I think that the practice of automatic, early release where you cut a sentence in half and let really serious, violent offenders out early simply isn't working, and you've some very good evidence of how that isn't working, I am afraid, with this case", he stressed, noting that people convicted on terrorism offences should not be released before they serve their full term.
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    The scene on London Bridge in the aftermath of a reported shooting, in London, Britain, November 29, 2019 in this still image obtained from a social media video.

    The man who stabbed two people to death and injured three others has been identified as 28-year-old Usman Khan – a member of an al-Qaeda-inspired* group.

    He and his accomplices were plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange and establish a terrorist camp in Pakistan in 2010, but after being arrested Khan was sentenced to 16 years in prison. However, police confirmed that he was released on license in December 2018 – after serving only seven years.

    The attacker was initially stopped by three unidentified men, who managed to tackle and disarm him.

    *al-Qaeda is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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