London Bridge attacker intended to set up terrorism centre in Kashmir

London Bridge attacker intended to set up terrorism centre in Kashmir

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London, Dec 1: The man who was shot dead after he went on a knife rampage, killing two and injuring more on London Bridge, wanted to set up a terrorism centre in Kashmir to train a new generation of British militants to either fight out there or bring their skills home, British Broadcasting Corporation reported on Sunday.

Usman Khan, a British with his roots from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, was radicalised by internet propaganda spread by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, especially by terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.

US intelligence had identified Awlaki as "chief of external operations" for al Qaeda's Yemeni branch and a Web-savvy publicist for the Islamist cause. He was killed in a CIA drone strike in 2011.

Khan was part of a group of terrorists from the English city of Stoke which forged close links with terrorists from London and the Welsh capital Cardiff. The London and Welsh parts of the conspiracy had ambitions to place a bomb in a toilet at the London Stock Exchange.

Khan and his Stoke group had hatched a potentially more sinister plan-- a camp beside a mosque in Kashmir to train terrorists. "The Stoke group was, and was considered to be, pre-eminent," British judge Alan Wilkie said when he sentenced Khan in 2012. "They regarded themselves as more serious jihadis than the others."

ISIS on Saturday claimed the London Bridge terror attack was carried out by one of its fighters. The group relayed the information through its news agency Amaq in a post that was published on the TamTam and Telegram app.

However, the terrorist organistaion did not provide any evidence. It claimed that the attack was made in response to IS' call to target countries that have been part of the coalition fighting the terrorist organisation, Sputnik reported.

Usman Khan had killed two people nine years ago in a stabbing spree on London Bridge. Later on, he was overheard by British services discussing how to use an al Qaeda manual he had memorised to build a pipe bomb. The conversation included other intelligence about a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange, that prompted British police to arrest Khan - then 19 years old - and a group of older men on Dec 20, 2010. (UNI)