Suspect in London attack was recently released from prison – police
In a statement, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said:
“At approximately 2:00 pm today, Sunday the 2nd of February, two people were stopped in Streatham High Road, Lambeth. Armed officers who were part of a proactive counter-terrorism surveillance operation and were following the suspect on foot were in immediate attendance and shot a male suspect dead at the scene.
The suspect had been recently released from prison where he had been serving a sentence for Islamist-related terrorism offences. The officers saw that a device was strapped to his body and called in specialist explosive officers and armed officers to deal with the potential threat that posed.
Cordons were put in place and it was quickly established that this was a hoax device.” “We are confident that this is an isolated incident that has been contained. Officers from our counter-terrorism command are investigating at pace.
We are also liaising and cooperating with the Independent Office of Police Conduct as they conduct their necessary inquiries. The suspect has not yet been formally identified. However, given the circumstances of the incident, we are confident that he was Sudesh Amman, aged 20 years of age.”
Police are confident that the suspect in the south London attack was Sudesh Amman, who had been recently released from prison where he was serving a sentence for “Islamist-related terrorism offences”, a senior officer said on Sunday (February 2).
Lucy D’Orsi, deputy assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, said she was confident the attack was an isolated incident that now had been contained.
Police shot dead the attacker who stabbed two people on a busy street in south London in what officials described as a terrorist incident believed to be related to Islamist militancy.
The last such incident in London was in November, when police shot dead a man wearing a fake suicide vest who stabbed two people to death and wounded three more before being wrestled to the ground by bystanders.
That attack, at London Bridge, was carried out by a man with Islamist militant sympathies. He had been jailed for terrorism and released early.