London Bridge terrorist casually chats with his victim shortly before killing her

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Khan can be seen at the drinks reception before the rehab event


Secretly armed with knives and wearing a fake suicide belt, terrorist Usman Khan is pictured chatting with one of his victims shortly before murdering him.
Khan sat next to Saskia Jones, 23, at a prisoner rehab event near London Bridge where he launched a bloody five-minute rampage.

Cambridge University graduates Saskia and Jack Merritt, 25, were killed by the convicted terrorist in the attack on November 29, 2019.

On the opening day of the investigation into their deaths was also shown dramatic footage of Khan being shot dead by police as a witness can be heard shouting that he had just murdered two people, calling him “fucking bastard”.

Khan was also shown on CCTV inches from the stabbed hero Steven Gallant who slammed a door on him only to reappear seconds later to take down the killer while only armed with a narwhal tusk.

The killer is seen talking calmly to his victim a few feet away
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Khan was surprised by CCTV entering the room
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Chief Inspector Dan Brown presented the inquest jury with the horrific events using a series of photographs and videos of the event and the aftermath of the attack.

He told jurors at the City of London’s Guildhall that the incident started at 1:56 p.m. in the men’s washroom at Fishmongers’ Hall.

Khan had armed himself with two eight-inch blades and left a bag containing a third knife in the toilet, where he also dropped a prayer book.

It was there that he attacked Jack, who had had a professional relationship with Khan prior to the event, coming out of a booth to repeatedly stab him, inflicting 12 wounds, including a fatal wound to the chest.

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Khan can be seen at the drinks reception before the rehab event
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Shocking CCTV showed the graduate reeling with blood drenched on his white shirt.

Khan then proceeded to the locker room, where he motioned to a staff member “as if to shut up,” Mr Brown said.

He then stabbed Saskia in the neck, causing “catastrophic bleeding”.

She staggered down a staircase before collapsing.

Khan then stabbed Stephanie Szczotko and Isobel Rowbotham during the rampage, returning at one point to plunge the blade back while his victim was lying on the ground.

He was confronted by a number of courageous participants with an ornamental pike caught on the wall and the defense, jurors heard.

Khan was confronted on London Bridge by Gallant, a daytime prisoner, John Crilly and Darryn Frost at around 2:01 p.m., about five minutes after the attack began as passers-by fled.

The armed police then ordered members of the public to stand back before being shot and beaten.

Narwhal tusk was used as an improvised weapon to attack the terrorist
Narwhal tusk was used as an improvised weapon to attack the terrorist
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A decorative pike was also brandished
A decorative pike was also brandished
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Police helicopter footage showed Khan trying to sit up as an officer put it on the radio: “He twists like you would if you were shot down and he has a viable IED.

The device was actually made up of parts of an Xbox game console with bandages wrapped in plastic film resembling explosives.

Khan is believed to have stuck it around his stomach during his train journey to London from Stafford earlier in the morning.

Mr Brown said police unloaded guns again at 2:10 pm Khan was no longer showing signs of life.

Jurors heard that one of Khan’s knives bore a crudely engraved Arabic symbol for Allah.

A fourth knife was discovered at his home in Stafford.

Previously, Jack’s mother Anne Merritt had read a collection of tributes from friends and family, describing him as “immensely loyal”, “extremely funny” and a “very cool brother” with a “contagious smile and an endless passion and a desire for life ”.

Khan was shot dead on London Bridge
Khan was shot dead on London Bridge
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Khan was captured by CCTV sitting at a table about an hour and 20 minutes before his death
Khan was captured by CCTV sitting at a table about an hour and 20 minutes before his death

In conclusion, she collapsed as she told the audience at the Guildhall in the City of London: “Jack Merritt was a good person. Jack was a force for good in the world, someone who made the lives of others better by knowing him.

“We are extremely proud of who Jack was and what he stood for.

“His death was a tragedy, but his life was a triumph.”

Henry Pitchers QC said Saskia’s family decided not to do a full portrait for her because it “would go against” her private nature.

He said: “She hopes that no other family will be devastated and heartbroken again under similar circumstances.”

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Jack had an “endless passion and motivation for life”
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Saskia
Saskia “fought to improve the lives of others”
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Mr Pitchers said: “She should be defined as someone who has fought to improve the lives of others in many areas and who has been pushed to make real change in the world.”

The investigation then showed photographs from the Learning Together conference showing Saskia sitting a few feet away from Khan, whom she had never met before, shortly before the attack.

Khan was pictured casually sipping orange juice while wearing an oversized puffer jacket that he bought to hide his fake suicide belt.

His three knives were in a black backpack at his feet.

The previous chief coroner, Mark Lucraft QC, formed a jury and warned them that they would hear “graphic” details about the attack.

He said Saskia was a former Cambridge criminology student who occasionally attended Learning Together and that Jack was employed in the program.

The investigation will examine how the tragedy happened and whether it could have been stopped.

A separate jury inquiry will be held into Khan’s death.

The hearing continues.

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