London terror attack: Man wearing hoax bomb shot dead after stabbings
Sudesh Amman, the 20-year-old responsible for the attack, pleaded guilty in November 2018 to six charges of possessing documents containing terrorist information and seven of disseminating terrorist publications.
Three people suffered injuries in a terrorist attack in south London on Sunday, during which Scotland Yard officers shot dead a terror suspect strapped with a "hoax bomb". The man had just been released from prison for extremist-related offences.
Sudesh Amman, 20, was released around a week ago after serving half of his sentence of three years and four months for possession and distribution of extremist material.
He was under active police surveillance at the time of the attack on Streatham High Road, which the police believe to be an “Islamist-related terrorist incident”.
None of the three injured people are in a life-threatening condition, the BBC reported.
The Metropolitan Police said the incident was part of an active counter-terror operation during which the male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A device strapped on his body was later established as fake at the end of the attack.
Amman was a London student believed to have family roots in Sri Lanka. He was jailed aged 18 in December 2018.
"As part of a proactive counter terrorism operation, armed officers were in immediate attendance and shot a male suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene," said Met Police Detective Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi.
"A device was found strapped to the body of the suspect and specialist officers attended (to it). Cordons were put in place and it was quickly established that this was a hoax device.
"The situation has been contained and officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command are now leading an investigation into the incident. The incident was quickly declared as a terrorist incident and we believe it to be Islamist-related," she said.
Two of the three victims of the attack on the busy Streatham High Street at around 1400 GMT were stabbed and the third sustained injuries from broken glasses, triggered from the discharge of the police firearm for shooting down the suspect.
Some eyewitnesses reported seeing a machete-wielding man with some silver canisters strapped to his body before he was shot.
Reports suggest Amman entered a shop and started stabbing people. It appears he then left the shop and stabbed a woman.
Pictures circulating on social media show the suspect face down and lying outside a pharmacy shop as a police officer aims a gun.
In apparent response to the attacker's previous terror convictions, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that on Monday he would be announcing "further plans for fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences".
Who was Sudesh Amman?
Sudesh Amman pleaded guilty in November 2018 to six charges of possessing documents containing terrorist information and seven of disseminating terrorist publications.
One of the manuals Amman admitted owning was "Bloody Brazilian Knife Fightin' Techniques".
He was jailed at the Old Bailey the following month for three years and four months.
He was automatically released at the end of January 2020, shortly before the Streatham attack, after serving half of his sentence in custody.
Amman was first arrested in north London in May 2018 by armed officers on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.
In November last year, two people were killed after convicted terrorist Usman Khan went on a stabbing frenzy in London Bridge area of the UK capital.
It later emerged that Khan’s family originated from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and he was out on parole after serving part of his sentence for plotting terrorist attacks on the UK.