Streatham terror attacker Sudesh Amman ‘told inmate he wanted to murder an MP’

Sudesh Amman was shot dead by armed police in Streatham after stabbing two people (PA)

The terrorist who stabbed two people in London told a fellow prison inmate he wanted to murder an MP, it has been reported.

Sudesh Amman was shot dead by police on Sunday about a minute after attacking two people in Streatham, south London.

The 20-year-old, who was jailed for possessing and distributing terrorist documents in December 2018, was freed from prison less than a fortnight ago and had been staying at a bail hostel in nearby.

He was released from prison after serving half of his sentence of three years and four months.

Police officers work at the scene of Sunday's terror stabbing attack in the Streatham area of south London. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

A former prisoner who spent time with Amman in Belmarsh high-security prison told The Times: "The guy was definitely insane and he never hid his intentions, so it's crazy how he even got out of jail."

The man said Amman wanted to copy the murder of MP Jo Cox and told him "the only way to get these filthy kafirs (non-believers) out of Syria is to take out MPs like that white guy did with the lady in 2016", The Times reported.

The Streatham attacker reportedly wanted to emulate the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in June 2016 (PA)

The former inmate told the newspaper that Amman "wanted to do something real, something organised like the (IRA) used to do".

Isis supporter Amman, who at the time of his sentencing was 18 and living in Harrow, smirked as he was jailed for three years and four months at the Old Bailey in December 2018.

A notebook found by police in Amman’s home revealed he had the “life goal” of “dying a martyr”.

The Metropolitan Police said he was released from prison on 23 January 2020.

Research by foreign policy think tank the Henry Jackson Society suggests more than 10 terrorists are due to be released from prison this year.

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On Monday, justice secretary Robert Buckland said emergency legislation is needed to make sure terrorists are not released automatically from prison half-way through their sentence.

Mr Buckland said offenders will not be considered for release until they have served two-thirds of their sentence and that no terrorists will be released before the end of their full custodial term unless the parole board agrees.

A police officer at the scene of the terror attack in Streatham High Road, south London (Picture: Getty)

The parole board would be "strengthened" to deal more effectively with the risks that terrorists pose and steps would be taken to introduce the plans "as soon as possible", he said.

The government will also consider making new legislation to ensure that extremists are more closely monitored on release and will review whether the current maximum sentences for terrorist offences are sufficient.

Legal experts raised concerns about plans to apply the new rules to prisoners who have already been sentenced, with former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile telling BBC2's Newsnight: "I think it may have gone too far.

Police officers conduct a search on Streatham High Road in south London after the attack (AFP/Getty)

"The decision to lengthen the sentences of people who have already been sentenced, and therefore expected to be serving half the sentence the judge imposed upon them, may be in breach of the law.

"It is certainly going to be challenged."

On Tuesday, cabinet minister Michael Gove said terrorist offenders should be imprisoned indefinitely "if necessary".