On Sunday, Britain’s Boris Johnson said that he had ordered the security services to step up monitoring of convicted terrorists released early from prison, prompting accusations that he was exploiting the London Bridge attack for political gain less than two weeks before elections.
The prime minister revealed officials were scrutinising around 74 people with terrorist convictions who had been released early from prison-like Usman Khan, who left jail last December and went on to stab two people to death in Friday’s rampage.
“They are being properly invigilated to make sure there is no threat,” Johnson told the BBC.
“We’ve taken a lot of action as you can imagine in the last 48 hours.”
Under the review of released terror convicts, police in the West Midlands said they had arrested a 34-year-old man “on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts”.
According to the British media, he was a former associate of the London Bridge attacker and had been jailed alongside Khan in 2012 over a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.