ISIL Claim Responsibility for Fatal London Bridge Knife-Attack

Police Say the Attacker Had Previously Been Jailed for Terrorism Offences

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge knife-attack that happened on Friday. The attack left two people dead and several others wounded.

28-year-old Usman Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest and wielding knives, was shot dead at the scene after carrying out the attack which began at a conference on criminal rehabilitation near the bridge.

The jihadist group released a statement on Saturday saying Khan “was a fighter from the Islamic State, and did so in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries”.

The police confirmed that Khan had a felony record and had previously been imprisoned for “terrorism” offenses.

One of the victims who died in the incident has been identified as 25-year-old Jack Merritt.