Feb 03, 2020 11:00 UTC
  • Attacker in London terrorist incident identified as Daesh sympathizer

British police have identified as Sudesh Amman the attacker who stabbed two people in the Streatham district of south London on Sunday and later was shot dead by armed officers.

According to Press TV quoting the Metropolitan Police, the incident left three people, a man and two women, injured.

A man who had received life-threatening injuries was no longer in critical condition, officials said, adding, a woman who had less serious wounds was discharged from hospital.

Another woman, who had suffered lacerations from shards of glass after an officer discharged his weapon, was still being treated in hospital, Lucy D’Orsi, Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, said. 

“The incident was quickly declared as a terrorist incident,” D’Orsi said, adding that the armed officers who shot Amman dead were part of a “proactive counter-terrorism surveillance operation.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement, “An investigation is taking place at pace to establish the full facts of what happened,” promising his government would announce plans on Monday for making changes to the system for handling people convicted of terrorism offenses.

In November 2018, Amman pleaded guilty to possession of terrorist documents and disseminating terrorist publications, and the following month, he was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Amman, 20, was released in January, but was deemed sufficiently high risk so he has been under special monitoring by police ever since.

The police have uncovered downloaded material on Amman's computers and telephone about making explosives and carrying out terrorist attacks.

Messages showed that he had discussed with his family, friends and friend his extreme views and desire to carry out an attack, often focused on using a knife, police said.

In December 2017, Amman posted a picture of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed during a US raid in Syria in October, and told his brother in a message that the Takfiri group “was here to stay”.

He also described Yazidi women as slaves and said it was permissible to abuse them, and in another message, he encouraged his friend to behead her parents.