Streatham terror attack: Teacher among Sudesh Amman's stab victims, school says

Russell Hope, news reporter
Streatham terror attack: Teacher among Sudesh Amman's stab victims, school says
Monika Luftner was reportedly riding her bike home when she was attacked

One of the victims of the Streatham terror attack was a teacher, her primary school has said.

Monika Luftner, who is in her 50s, was attacked as she was riding home on her bike, according to reports.

A spokesperson for St Bede's Catholic Infant & Nursery School in Lambeth said: "We can confirm a member of staff was injured in Sunday's terror related incident in Streatham.

"She is now making a good recovery after experiencing a shocking attack."

Sudesh Amman was under police surveillance when he stabbed two people in south London while wearing a fake suicide vest before he was shot dead by officers.

Police said witness statements suggest Amman stole a knife from a shop and was pursued by a shop assistant.

The force added that as he ran from the shop he removed the knife's packaging and attacked two members of the public in what is believed to have been an Islamist-inspired attack.

Two people were stabbed - a man in his 40s and Ms Luftner.

The man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but his condition has since improved.

The woman was discharged from hospital on Sunday night.

A woman in her 20s was treated for minor injuries believed to have been caused by glass following police gunshots.

Amman, 20, who was jailed in December 2018 for spreading extremist material, was fascinated with dying "in the name of terrorism", and one of his life goals was to be a martyr, police have said.

He had recently been released early from prison when he carried out his knife attack on Sunday.

On Monday his mother Haleema Faraz Khan told Sky News Amman was was a "nice, polite boy" who was radicalised online and in prison - and revealed she spoke to him just hours before the attack.

Fighting back tears, she said her son seemed "normal" when she visited him at a bail hostel on Thursday.

Emergency legislation to stop convicted terrorists being released early could be introduced as soon as this week, a senior minister has said.

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The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, told Sky News the government wants to change the law "as early as possible" in the wake of the Streatham attack.