UK to announce new rules for militants after street stabbing

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LONDON, Feb 3, (AP):The British government plans to announce new rules for the imprisonment of convicted terrorists after an Islamic militant who was recently released from prison stabbed two people in south London, the second such attack in less than three months. Home Secretary Priti Patel, who is in charge of the police, said the government would release its plans Monday.

A police forensic officer stands near a body bag near the scene of a stabbing in Streatham High Road, London on Feb 2. Inset: Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Sudesh Amman. Police in London say a man who strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a London street before being shot to death by police was recently released from prison, where he was serving for terrorism offenses. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said police are ‘confident’ the attacker was 20-year-old Sudesh Amman. (AP)

Following Sunday’s attack and a Nov. 29 attack in which two people were killed in central London, the government said it would effectively stop the early release of convicted extremists, double terror sentences and overhaul the conditions under which they are released back into the community. The government will be “announcing some fundamental changes, in addition to what we’ve already said, that we will do to deal with counterterrorism and counter-terrorist offenders,’’ Patel said late Sunday.

A man police identified as 20-yearold Sudesh Amman strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a busy London street Sunday before being shot to death by police. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said Amman had been convicted of publishing graphic terrorist videos online and had stockpiled instructions on bomb making and knife attacks.

Police on Monday continued to search a hostel where Amman had moved into less than two weeks ago. Officers had been trailing Amman at the time of Sunday’s attack, D’Orsi said, but were unable to head off the bloodshed in the commercial and residential south London neighborhood of Streatham, where Amman struck outside a major pharmacy on a busy shopping afternoon. The incident in London recalled a November stabbing attack carried out by another man who had served prison time for terrorism offenses. Two people were killed in that attack.(AP)

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