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Just back from a trip to the village in Pakistani Administered Kashmir the #LondonBridge attacker Usman Khan's family originally came from... He was born in the UK and all the evidence I've seen clearly shows he was radicalised in Britain, but I wanted to find people who knew him
The village is outside the city of Kotli - quite a pretty drive, the white capped mountains in the background are across the Line of Control in Indian Administered Kashmir... Usman Khan was convicted in the UK in 2012 of planning to set up a militant training camp here
We met a man who lived next door to Usman Khan's family home... He remembered Khan visiting as a teen, and they would often discuss religion together... He said Khan was angry with perceived Western injustices in the Muslim world but he tried to convince him to respond peacefully
The neighbour (also a distant relative) said Khan was particularly passionate about the case of Aafia Siddiqui, alleged to be a dangerous female Pakistani terrorist, but also a victim of human rights abuses... He says Khan once broke down in tears showing him a picture of Aafia
Usman Khan's mother apparently thought he had reformed in prison, and was hoping to arrange his marriage... The neighbour said he was shocked and appalled by the attack in London and his thoughts were with Khan’s innocent victims
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