A terrorist jailed with London Bridge knifeman Usman Khan over a plot to kill Boris Johnson and attack London landmarks left prison only to begin planning a Lee Rigby-style murder.
Mohibur Rahman, 35, was one of nine terrorists, also including Khan, who were handed long sentences in 2012 for a plan to blow up famous sights in the capital including the London Eye and the London Stock Exchange.
Rahman is circled on the left of the surveillance photograph of those convicted of the London plot along with Khan. Both were from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
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Rahman is circled on the left of the surveillance photograph of those convicted of the London plot along with Khan. Both were from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire
Former Conservative MP David Gauke (left), was Justice Secretary when Khan was released in December 2018 having served half of his 16-year jail term. Like Khan, Rahman’s sentence was also reduced by Lord Leveson (right), knocking six months off his five-year term
The members of Usman Khan’s Al Qaeda-inspired gang who plotted to blow up the London Stock Exchange and kill Boris Johnson. From left to right: Mohammed Moksudur Chowdhury, Mohammed Shahjahan, Shah Mohammed Rahman. Middle row: Mohibur Rahman, Gurukanth Desai, Abdul Malik Miah. Bottom row: Nazam Hussain, Usman Khan, Omar Sharif Latif
Usman Khan, shot dead, lies on the ground as a police photographer records the scene at London Bridge after he killed two people
This 2008 clip sees the London Bridge attacker, who is believed to be 15 at the time, interviewed by the BBC outside his house in Stoke-On-Trent
Rahman was released in 2015 but while serving part of his sentence at Belmarsh top security prison in South-East London he became friends with two men from the West Midlands, Khobaib Hussain and Naweed Ali.
The trio formed a group that they called ‘The Three Musketeers’ and used that name to communicate with each other on encrypted social media apps.
Inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, South East London, in May 2013, they plotted to launch attacks against military targets across the UK armed with knives, meat cleavers and even pipe bombs. A fourth man, Tahir Aziz, 40, joined their plot later.
The jury at their Old Bailey trial heard how MI5 had set up a fake delivery company called Hero Couriers, which ’employed’ the four as delivery drivers.
It meant undercover security officers were able to search the men’s cars when they left them on the premises to make deliveries in their vans.
Victim Jack Meritt was the course co-ordinator for Learning Together, the education scheme run by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology where Uzman Khan had been yesterday afternoon
Thomas Gray (left) and Stevie Hurst (right), who both work at Small Car Big City, were two of the heroes who came together to disarm the attacker
Another of those who intervened in the attack on Friday was James Ford (right) – a convicted murderer who was out on day release. One brave man, later confirmed to be a British Transport Police officer, ran across the road to tackle the knifeman
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at the scene of the stabbing on London Bridge, in which two people were killed yesterday
It has also emerged today that London Bridge attacker Usman Khan was a student and ‘personal friend’ of hate preacher Anjem Choudary
In Ali’s car they found a pipe bomb and meat cleaver that had the word ‘kafir’ [non-believer] scratched on the blade.
They also found shotgun cartridges and a replica gun in a JD Sports bag in the boot.
The group accused MI5 of planting evidence, but were found guilty of plotting to kill and jailed for life.
At the time of the trial, Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: ‘Since they’ve come out of prison, they’ve been inspired by the [Islamic State] ideology.’
He said the men had ‘carefully planned’ their operation ‘and took steps to avoid drawing attention to themselves’, including leaving their mobile phones at home when they travelled to meet in Stoke.
Police officers are still on London Bridge, as Scotland Yard revealed the name of the terrorist and raids were carried out at his home in Staffordshire
Crime scene tape remains on the scene, with vehicles laying abandoned on the bridge following yesterday’s horrific attack
The map above shows the the journey the attacker took from the north side of London Bridge before crossing over
The photograph posted online during the Cambridge University prisoner rehabilitation group at Fishmongers’ Hall on Friday
A plain clothes police officer can be seen holding a knife on London Bridge during the incident, which left two people dead and several injured
Police evacuated thousands of people from the area fearing secondary attacks, but they now believe Khan had been working on his own
A block of flats in Stafford, Staffordshire, is being searched by specialist police teams this morning, in connection with the terror attack on London Bridge yesterday
Staffordshire police officers stand guard at a property in Stafford where it is believed London Terrorist, Usman Khan, lived before his attack
Due to security concerns and the elaborate sting operation, parts of the four-month trial were held in secret and two anonymous witnesses gave evidence behind closed doors.
The four men – who were jointly jailed for a total of 75 years – received nearly £800,000 in legal aid during the case.
Like Khan, Rahman’s sentence was also reduced by Lord Leveson, knocking six months off his five-year term.
Rahman’s return to terrorism is likely to be used as evidence that Khan’s protestations of turning his back on extremism should have been treated with more caution.
The area where the attack took place was still cordoned off, with a blue forensic tent and several forensic officers on the scene
Khan, pictured surrounded by police yesterday, had been convicted in 2012 of plotting a Mumbai-style terror attack as well as planning to kill the then Mayor of London Boris Johnson
Armed police were seen patrolling the streets early this evening with emergency vehicles being parked up on both sides of the road
Forensic officers are seen near the site of the incident early this evening. One office seems to be holding a light up while the other takes a picture
Khan was subject to a curfew and was wearing an electronic tag following his release from prison on licence in December 2018
Two young women were seen running near Borough Market today after learning of the attack
One man used a Narwhal tusk to fight off the attacker which he had taken from Fishmongers’ Hall