2020 Streatham stabbing
|2020 Streatham stabbing|
|Part of terrorism in the United Kingdom|
Streatham High Road (the site of the attack) in 2009
|Location||Streatham, London, United Kingdom|
|Date||2 February 2020 |
14:00 GMT (UTC-0)
|Deaths||1 (the perpetrator)|
|Injured||3 (2 directly, 1 indirectly)|
|Assailant||Sudesh Mamoor Faraz Amman|
On 2 February 2020, two people were stabbed during a knife attack in Streatham, London in what police termed a terrorist incident. The attacker, Sudesh Amman, was shot dead by the police. A nearby woman was slightly injured by broken glass as a result. At the time, Amman was under active counter-terrorism surveillance, after recently being released on licence from prison. He had been convicted in 2018 for disseminating terrorist material. In the wake of the attack, the British government introduced the Terrorist Offenders Bill, a piece of emergency legislation designed to prevent those convicted of terrorist offences from being released early from prison.
At about 14:00 GMT (UTC-0) on 2 February 2020 a man stabbed two people on Streatham High Road in Streatham, London, in what the police described as a terrorist incident. The attacker, who brandished a knife stolen from a store just before the incident, and wore silver canisters strapped to his chest, was chased along Streatham High Road and then shot dead by police outside the doors of a Boots chemists.
A man and a woman were stabbed during the attack, and another woman was injured when police shot the attacker. The man, in his 40s, was taken to hospital and was in a life-threatening condition, which subsequently became less serious. One woman, in her 50s, was taken to hospital and was in a stable condition after she was stabbed in the back by Amman. The other woman, in her 20s, was injured by glass following the shooting and treated for minor injuries at the scene before being taken to hospital.
The attacker's was identified as Sudesh Mamoor Faraz Amman. He had been sentenced in 2018 to three years and four months of imprisonment for disseminating terrorist material, and collecting information that could be useful to a terrorist. A college student at the time of his arrest, he had shared an al-Qaeda magazine in a family WhatsApp group and told his siblings: "the Islamic State is here to stay". Amman also said to his girlfriend, that she should kill her unbelieving parents. The head of the Metropolitan police counter terrorism command said Amman had a "fierce interest in violence and martyrdom" and that "his fascination with dying in the name of terrorism" was clear in a notepad recovered at his home.[failed verification] At the time of the Streatham incident, he had recently been released from prison. During his 2018 trial, the prosecution stated Amman "had discussed with his family, friends and girlfriend his strong and often extreme views on jihad, the kuffar, and his desire to carry out a terrorist attack".
Following his release in January 2020, Amman was "under active counter-terrorism surveillance". According to The Guardian, the attacker was "considered to pose a serious risk, and was well known to the counter-terror authorities, he was also the subject of a live investigation".
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the emergency services for responding to the incident, and said that his thoughts were "with the injured and all those affected". Mayor of London Sadiq Khan thanked the "police, security and emergency services staff for their swift and courageous response". Home Secretary Priti Patel said "My first thoughts are with the victims, our brave police and emergency services and their families".
On 3 February the government announced that emergency legislation would be introduced to end the automatic release of prisoners convicted of terrorism from being released after serving half their sentence. Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland told the House of Commons that the new law would apply to current and future prisoners. Lord Carlile, a barrister and former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, suggested the government could face a legal challenge if the new legislation was applied retrospectively. The Terrorist Offenders Bill was presented to parliament on 11 February. On 12 February the Bill cleared all of the stages required for it to pass through the House of Commons, doing so without the need for a vote.
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