Usman Khan, the ‘unremarkable’ school dropout who went on to kill two people.
According to one previous teacher, Usman Khan was “pretty unimpressive.”
A mediocre with grandiose aspirations, a name-dropper who yearned for prestige and recognition.
And on a chilly afternoon in downtown London four weeks before Christmas 2019, the 28-year-old turned cowardly killer.
He wore an authentic-looking suicide belt around his waist and assaulted defenseless victims with kitchen knives before goading the cops into shooting him because they were afraid he would set off his device, causing numerous casualties.
Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, two successful young Cambridge graduates, were his victims that day. They embodied everything he desired yet was unable to achieve.
Khan was born on March 10, 2001, in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He was the sixth of seven children, and he attended a local public high school before dropping out.
Khan was described by one of Khan’s previous professors as having “a teenage swagger, a little bit of a chip on his shoulder.”
Khan, on the other hand, was “pretty unimpressive,” according to the teacher.
He grew interested in the extremist beliefs of notable personalities like Anwar al-Awlaki and Anjem Choudary, the head of the outlawed terror organization al-Muhajiroun, while he was a teenager.
He then acknowledged to plotting a terror training camp in order to deploy anti-Western fighters to the UK, and was sentenced to an indefinite sentence that was eventually changed to an extended sentence after an appeal. As a result, after eight years in prison, he was freed without parole.
Khan was characterized as a “influential” convict who hung out with other high-profile terrorists, including Fusilier Lee Rigby’s murder Michael Adebowale, and later admitted to mixing with the likes of extremist cleric Abu Hamza and renowned prisoner Charles Bronson at separate periods.
But he successfully convinced many, including his prison chaplain and his probation officer, that he had changed his ways for the better.
He even succeeded in duping Mr Merritt, a co-ordinator on the Learning Together prisoner education scheme, who insisted Khan had been “de-radicalised” when a colleague raised concerns about possible terrorist imagery in a poem Khan wrote ahead of his release.
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