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01/12/2019 14:02 GMT

London Bridge Attack: Woman Killed Was Former Cambridge University Student

It has also been announced that one of the three people injured during the attack was a member of university staff.

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Floral tributes left at the scene of the attack. 

The woman killed during a terror attack on London Bridge on Friday was a former Cambridge student, the university have confirmed. 

No details on the woman’s identity have yet been released, however the university’s vice chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope confirmed the sad news on Sunday afternoon. 

It was revealed on Saturday that Jack Merritt, 25, from Cottenham – the course coordinator for Cambridge University’s Learning Together initiative – was also killed whilst in attendance at an event run through the programme at Fishmonger’s Hall where the attack began. 

Three others were injured in the attack, carried out by convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, from Staffordshire. Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was shot dead by police during the incident. 

It has also been confirmed that one of the three injured people is a member of university staff. 

In a statement Toope said: “I am devastated to learn that among the victims of the London Bridge attack were staff and alumni of the University of Cambridge, taking part in an event to mark five years of the Learning Together programme.

“What should have been a joyous opportunity to celebrate the achievements of this unique and socially transformative programme, hosted by our Institute of Criminology, was instead disrupted by an unspeakable criminal act.”

He added: “I am sad beyond words to report that a course co-ordinator, Jack Merritt, was killed, as was a former student not yet named by the Metropolitan Police. Among the three people injured, whose identities have not been publicly released, is a member of university staff.

“Our university condemns this abhorrent and senseless act of terror. Our condolences, our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families. 

Merritt’s father confirmed the news of his son’s death on Sunday, calling him a “beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog”. 

He said: “My son, Jack, who was killed in this attack, would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily.”