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London Bridge attacker’s family ‘saddened and shocked’

The family of London Bridge attacker Usman Khan have said they are "saddened and shocked" and "totally condemn his actions".

They also expressed their condolences to the two victims who died and those who were injured in the violence on Friday.

The family of Khan, who was a 28-year-old convicted terrorist, said in a short statement issued through the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday: "We are saddened and shocked by what Usman has done.

"We totally condemn his actions and we wish to express our condolences to the families of the victims that have died and wish a speedy recovery to all of the injured.

"We would like to request privacy for our family at this difficult time."

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Cambridge University graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were stabbed to death by Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event they were supporting at London's Fishmongers' Hall.

Image: Saskia Jones was killed by Khan in Friday's attack
Jack Merritt
Image: Jack Merritt was described as 'phenomenal' after his death

Leanne O'Brien, the girlfriend of victim Jack Merritt, described him as a "phenomenal" man on Monday.

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She wrote in a Facebook post: "My love, you are phenomenal and have opened so many doors for those that society turned their backs on."

The family of Mr Merritt had earlier gathered to pay tribute to him and Miss Jones at a service in Cambridge, in which Ms O'Brien was seen breaking down in tears.

Mr Merritt's father David wrote in the Guardian how his son would have been "livid" at how his death has been used to "perpetuate an agenda of hate", amid criticism of the prime minister for politicising the tragedy.

David Merritt wrote: "He would be seething at his death, and his life, being used to perpetuate an agenda of hate that he gave his everything fighting against.

"We should never forget that. What Jack would want from this is for all of us to walk through the door he has booted down, in his black Doc Martens."

Leanne O'Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members during a vigil at The Guildhall in Cambridge to honour both him and Saskia Jones after the two of them were killed in Friday's London Bridge terror attack. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday December 2, 2019. The two were at a conference celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Learning Together prison programme when Usman Khan attacked them and three others. See PA story POLICE LondonBridge. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Image: Leanne O'Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members during a vigil

Mr Merritt, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, was a co-ordinator for Learning Together, a programme aimed at bringing offenders and people in higher education to "study alongside each other".

Miss Jones, a volunteer on the programme from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, was described as having "great passion" for providing support to victims of crime by her family.

They said in a statement: "She was intent on living life to the full and had a wonderful thirst for knowledge, enabling her to be the best she could be.&quotRead More – Source

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