Usman was a British Pakistani, born in Stoke-on-Trent, was associated with al-Muhajiroun, and then Al-Qaeda. Khan was originally jailed along with eight others, who were arrested in 2010.
The nine, inspired by al-Qaeda, had been under surveillance by MI5. The men – who were from Stoke, Cardiff and London – were engaged in several plans, one of which involved a plot to place a pipe bomb in the London Stock Exchange. Those from Stoke were overheard discussing potential attacks in their city, including leaving explosive devices in pubs and clubs.
Khan described members of the public as “kuffar” and “dogs”.
At one-point, Khan was monitored in conversation about “how to construct a pipe bomb” from a recipe in an al-Qaeda magazine. The men had also been funding a proposed madrassa – a college for Islamic instruction – abroad, which was to be used for firearms training and would have been attended by Khan. Khan had spent years proselytising in Stoke on so-called “dawah stalls” linked to the proscribed terrorist organisation al-Muhajiroun, which was once led by the hate preacher Anjem Chowdhury.
Since being released in December 2018 – his conditions requiring him to wear an electronic tag – Khan had been living in Stafford. He also took part in the government’s ‘Desistance and Disengagement Programme’, the purpose of which is the rehabilitation of those who have been involved in terrorism.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the November 2019 London bridge attack and it shows that Khan was likely a member of ISIS sleeper cell in the UK.