Everyone ready to play?
THE ISLAMIC STATE terrorist group claimed responsibility Monday for a knife attack that left multiple people injured in London over the weekend.
The group’s Amaq news agency said the attacker, who was shot and killed by police, was “a fighter of Islamic State, and carried out the attack in response to calls to attack the citizens of coalition countries.”
Law enforcement added that the suspect had recently been released from prison where he was serving a sentence for Islamist-related terrorism offenses.
Police say that Amman stabbed two people on Sunday before he was shot and killed by a “proactive counter-terrorism surveillance operation [that was] following the suspect on foot.” A third person was injured by glass following the discharge of a police gun.
Who has ISIS Connection, Previous Conviction(s), and Under Surveillance?
The man shot dead by police after wounding two people in a stabbing spree on a busy London street had been jailed for promoting violent Islamist material and had encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.
He had also once written a list of “goals in life” which included the desire to die as a martyr.
In November 2018, Amman had pleaded guilty to 13 offences of possession of terrorist documents and disseminating terrorist publications and the following month he was sentenced to more than three years in prison. He was released last month having served half the sentence.
Does anybody have Early Release?
When officers examined his computers and phone, they found he had downloaded material about making explosives and carrying out terrorist attacks, court documents show.
“In online chat you tell your girlfriend that you have declared a pledge to Islamic State and that you wish to purge society and carry out acid attacks,” Judge Mark Lucraft said when he sentenced him to prison.
Internet Radicalization anybody?
He also described Yazidi women as slaves and said the Koran made it permissible to rape them. In another message he encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.
Does anybody have “That’s not real Islam, it’s a Religion of Peace™”
Amman’s mother told Sky News her son was a “nice, polite boy” who had been radacalized by watching extremists Islamist material online and became more religious while in prison.
This is a tough one. I bet most of you didn’t know that the “he was a good boy” defense was a thing in the UK too?
Anybody have BINGO?
The more of these that happen the more it’s like these terrorists are a stock character from central casting.
I guess British soft-on-crime policies are as effective as New York and California’s soft-on-crime policies as preventing violent recidivism. That is, not at all.
What I’m waiting for is an article in which some shop owner in London is thrown in prison forever for selling to tourists fake bloody T-shirts that say “I visited London and all I got was culturally enriched.” Because you know the police will take that very seriously.