Usman Khan, 28, the terror suspect shot dead in the November 30, 2019 terror attack near London Bridge, was born in Stoke-on-Trent to working-class immigrant parents from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.
Britain born, Usman Khan, went to a local Stoke school and dropped out without any qualifications, later he started hanging around with local street gangs and drug dealers.
He then started mixing with religious radicals. He was often seen doing stalls of “dahwa” in Stoke for the proscribed terrorist organisation al-Muhajiroun, which was once led by solicitor-turned-hate preacher Anjem Chowdhury.
Usman Khan was a former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences, with ties to Cardiff was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured.
Usman Khan had no links to Pakistan, it became evident during the trial at Woolwich Crown
Indian media outlets have said that Usman Khan, was born in Pakistan, in a failed attempt to malign Pakistan. The trial had heard from the counter-terrorism police experts that while Usman Khan discussed setting up a training camp for training in Azad Kashmir, that plan never materialized.
In the secret recording brought before the court, it was established that Usman Khan and others had planned to establish a “terrorist military training facility” on land owned by his family in Kashmir using their monthly income they received from the state. The court didn’t see any evidence linking anyone from Pakistan or Azad Kashmir.
The evidence submitted before the court had established that there was no involvement of anyone from Pakistan in the nefarious plans that Usman Khan and his terrorism associates were making.
Usman Khan was inspired by the terrorist ideology of terror group Al Qaeda, inspired after online grooming, local radical groups and widespread availability of extremist literature his in social circles.