Usman Khan, who was shot dead by police for murdering two people on London Bridge, was allowed to live within 17 miles of terrorists he was previously convicted with
Three terrorists who were jailed for plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2012 were allowed to live within 17 miles of each other after their release.
Usman Khan, who was shot dead by police last week for murdering Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, in a knifing rampage on London Bridge, was convicted along with a gang of eight other terrorists in 2012.
The 28-year-old terrorist, who also planned to assassinate Boris Johnson, was released in December last year even though he was judged as posing a risk of serious harm to the public.
At the time of his horrific attack, he was required to where a GPS ankle-monitoring tag and also had restrictions on whom he was allowed to meet.
Khan and his friend and fellow gang member, Mohammed Shahjahan, were released together under similar conditions.
Until Khan’s terrorist rampage last week he had been living within 17 miles of other members of his terrorist gang, including Nazam Hussain, 34, who was jailed last week for breaching his licence conditions.
Khan lived just three miles away from his old accomplice Mohammed Shahjahan (left) and within 17 miles of Nazam Hussein (right), who was jailed last week for breaching licence conditions
The Metropolitan Police has increased the number of armed patrols on the city’s streets following this afternoon’s terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge where a suspected terrorist carrying a knife and a fake bomb was shot dead, pictured
Khan was living in Stafford, just 17 miles away from where his bomb-plotting friends were residing.
He was three miles away from Shahjahan, who The Times found living at a bail hostel which has also been used by an accomplice.
Shahjahan is believed to be on licence with conditions including a curfew and wearing a GPS tag.
His aunt told The Times: ‘After he was released, we haven’t seen him, you know there’s these restrictions. My husband said let’s go and see him, but we have to get permission and it’s quite complicated.’
Khan, pictured, third from the right, had been arrested along with his Al Qaeda cell, pictured, after they were planning a pre-Christmas terror campaign in 2010. Officers had tracked the group, who included from left, Mohibur Raham, Gurukanth Desai, Abdul Miah, Usman Khan, Mohammed Chowdhury and Mohammed Shahjahan in Roath Park in November 2010
And a local student, Jack Willis, 20, said: ‘Learning that an offender convicted of terrorist charges is staying just doors away is really disturbing.’
Six-week plot of terror in 2012
The Al Qaeda-inspired group developed their plot of terror over a period of six weeks in late 2010.
November 7: The group meets in Roath Park, Cardiff, to discuss their ambitions.
November 28: Terrorists meet in London to discuss their targets and methods.
December 12: They convene at Cwmcarn Country Park, near Caerphilly, to discuss the London Stock Exchange bomb.
December 14: The Stoke members of the gang discuss their own plans, while unknowingly under surveillance.
December 20: Police arrest the suspects
Other neighbours said they believed that if they had a legal right to be informed if a paedophile was living next door, they should also have a legal right to know if a convicted terrorist was.
The Ministry of Justice has said that terrorists are not allowed to contact other people with serious convictions or past accomplices.
Khan’s body was flown to Pakistan and was buried last night.
He attacked five people, killing two Cambridge graduates, while armed with two kitchen knives and wearing a fake suicide vest.
He was tackled by several brave bystanders on London Bridge before being shot dead by police at point-blank range.
On Tuesday, the family of Khan said in a short statement issued through the Metropolitan Police: ‘We are saddened and shocked by what Usman has done.
‘We totally condemn his actions and we wish to express our condolences to the families of the victims that have died and wish a speedy recovery to all of the injured.
‘We would like to request privacy for our family at this difficult time.’