Inspired from Al-Qaeda’s ideology, London Bridge attacker had planned to carry out attacks in Kashmir: UK Judge
London (England) | Jagran News Desk: Usman Khan, the 28-year-old terrorist who carried the London Bridge attack and killed two person was inspired by the ‘Al-Qaeda’s idealogy’ and had planned to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, said a UK judge.
Khan, a British man whose family is from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, was radicalised by internet propaganda spread by Al Qaeda and in particular by terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.
He was also the part of the terrorist group which forged close links with terrorists from London and the Welsh capital Cardiff. The London and Welsh parts of the conspiracy had ambitions to place a bomb in a toilet at the London Stock Exchange.
According to the judge, Khan knew about bomb plans and had discussed bombing local pubs. He was also planning to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and was intending to travel to Kashmir to carry out attack.
“It was envisaged by them all that ultimately they, and the other recruits, may return to the UK as trained and experienced terrorists available to perform terrorist attacks in this country,” said British judge Alan Wilkie.
Khan on Friday carried the attack on th London Bridge which led to the death of two people and injuring several. The police said that Khan was wearing a hoax bomb vest. In a statement, Scotland Yard's Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said that a ‘number’ of people had been injured, some of whom are said to be critical.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Saturday claimed the responsibility of the attack. However, it did not provide any evidence, reported metro.co.uk.
“The person who carried out the London attack... was a fighter from the Islamic State, and did so in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries,” it said in a statement.
The Friday's incident evoked memories of the 2017 terror attack at London Bridge when a van was deliberately driven into pedestrians before its three occupants ran to the nearby Borough Market area and began stabbing people in and around restaurants and pubs, leaving eight people dead and 48 injured.
(With Reuters and IANS inputs)
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