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Khairi Saadallah: The missed opportunities to stop Reading attacker | UK News

Khairi Saadallah: The missed opportunities to stop Reading attacker | UK News

When three men were stabbed to death in Reading’s Forbury Gardens on Saturday 20 June 2020, Nick Harborne instantly knew Khairi Saadallah was responsible. “Something inside me just went cold,” he told Sky News. The chief executive of the Reading Refugee Support Group had been warning community mental health teams, probation officers and the government’s Prevent de-radicalisation programme that Saadallah could carry out a London Bridge-style attack ever since Usman Khan killed two people in a knife rampage in the capital on 19 November 2019. “I think this tragedy didn’t have to happen, it could have been avoided,” he said of the Reading attack. Child soldier Originally from Tripoli, Saadallah’s mother was described as a doctor and his father a successful businessman who “had a lot of money” until he fell out with the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. As a teenager, Saadallah was trained to fight as a child soldier for the extremist Islamic militia Ansar al Sharia – banned in the UK as a terror group in 2014 – during the 2011 …

Khairi Saadallah: MI5 ‘triaged’ terrorist four times but Reading stabbings could not have been stopped, inquest hears | UK News

Khairi Saadallah: MI5 ‘triaged’ terrorist four times but Reading stabbings could not have been stopped, inquest hears | UK News

MI5 “triaged” a violent offender four times before he carried out a terrorist knife attack and killed three men in a park in Reading, an inquest has heard. The agency received intelligence including threats by Khairi Saadallah to “blow himself up” and to “commit suicide and “take others with him” if he was not allowed to travel to Libya, the hearing was told. On the last occasion, a year before the attack, the security service opened a “lead” investigation into Saadallah and made him a “subject of interest” – but the case was closed two months later. However, a “senior manager” at MI5, known only as “Witness F” and who gave evidence from behind a blue screen at the Old Bailey, said the agency could not have stopped the attack. Saadallah, 25, stabbed to death three men who were meeting in Forbury Gardens, Reading, 15 days after his release from prison on licence. Image: Joe Ritchie-Bennett was a 39-year-old pharmaceuticals manager. Pic: Family handout History teacher James Furlong, 36, pharmaceuticals manager Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, and …

Khairi Saadallah: Terrorist who killed three people in Reading park was a ‘boy soldier’ in Libya civil war, inquest told | UK News

Khairi Saadallah: Terrorist who killed three people in Reading park was a ‘boy soldier’ in Libya civil war, inquest told | UK News

A terrorist who killed three people in a park in Reading described himself as a “boy soldier” who fought in the Libyan civil war, an inquest has been told. Khairi Saadallah stabbed to death three men who were meeting in Forbury Gardens, during a brief relaxation in lockdown rules in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. James Furlong, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails were killed and three others injured during a 30-second rampage on 20 June 2020. Saadallah, who was later handed a whole life tariff, had viewed material on the September 11 attacks and was heard yelling “Allahu Akbar” [god is great] and “God accept my jihad”. Michael Haynes, a counsellor who worked with Saadallah on drug, alcohol and mental health issues, said he had struggled to get help for Saadallah. He said Saadallah described himself as a “boy soldier” who had fought in the uprising against Colonel Gaddafi in 2011. In a statement, Mr Haynes told the inquest into the deaths: “He calls himself a boy soldier. I don’t know how old he …

Khairi Saadallah: Brother of terrorist warned police he could ‘harm himself or others’ day before he killed three, inquest told | UK News

Khairi Saadallah: Brother of terrorist warned police he could ‘harm himself or others’ day before he killed three, inquest told | UK News

The brother of a terrorist who killed three people in a park in Reading rang police the day before the attack, warning he “could harm himself or others”, an inquest has been told. Khairi Saadallah stabbed to death three men who were meeting in Forbury Gardens, during a brief relaxation in lockdown rules in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. James Furlong, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails were killed and three others injured during a 30-second rampage on 20 June 2020. Saadallah, who was handed a whole life tariff in 2021, had viewed material on the September 11 attacks and was heard yelling “Allahu Akbar” [god is great] and “God accept my jihad”. At an inquest into the deaths, Saadallah’s brother, Aiman, said Saadallah had visited him on the afternoon before the attack and told him he had “left me something to remember him by”. “He asked if he could have a shower and asked me for a prayer mat. Instead of praying he had a joint,” he said in a statement. “He told me …