Police officers work at the scene of Sunday’s terror stabbing attack in the Streatham area of south London Monday Feb. 3, 2020. Police in London say the man identified as 20-year-old Sudesh Amman was wearing a fake bomb and stabbed two people Sunday before being shot to death by police was recently released from prison, where he was serving for terrorism offenses. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
UPDATED 7:15 AM PT — Tuesday, February 4, 2020
London authorities confirmed the suspect involved this past weekend’s stabbing attack was released early for terror offenses, which has prompted calls for reform. The calls to action by the country’s prime minister come after 20-year-old Sudesh Amman went on a stabbing rampage, injuring three people.
Amman was known to promote violent Islamic extremist material, including encouraging his girlfriend to behead her parents. He was released last month after serving half his sentence for possessing and spreading terrorist material.
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Sudesh Amman. Police in London say he strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed multiple people on a London street before being shot to death by police. (Metropolitan Police via AP)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now calling for the reform of early release laws for suspected terrorists.
“We do think it’s time to take action to ensure that people, irrespective of the law that we’re bringing in, do not qualify automatically for early release,” he stated. “A terrorist, people convicted of terrorist act offenses.”
The country’s justice secretary told members of parliament that terror offenders will only be considered for early release after serving two-thirds of their sentence. This will apply to current and future offenders.
Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.