London Bridge terrorist was my husband – I wish he'd killed me and our baby instead

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The widow of one of the London Bridge terrorists wishes he had killed her and their daughter rather than their eight victims.

Charisse O’Leary also says she is haunted by the fact she sees the face of her killer husband Rachid Redouane in the three-year-old daughter they had together.

Charisse, 41, claims she had no idea her husband was radicalised until anti-terror police burst into her flat hours after eight people were killed on June 3, 2017.

She was arrested on suspicion of terrorism – although the investigation was dropped.

And now she is raising her daughter in hiding.

Rachid Redouane was one of the London Bridge terror attackers

Charisse O’Leary is raising her daughter in hiding

 

She told The Sun : “It breaks my heart that I can see the face of a terrorist in our daughter. She looks just like him — but there is goodness in her.”

The mum-of-one added: “It would have been better if he had killed me and our daughter.”

She said she cries for the victims of the attack every day and called her husband “disgusting”.

Last week, a coroner ruled Redouane, 30, and accomplices Khuram Butt, 27, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, were lawfully killed by armed police after their massacre.

She said her husband took the toddler to collect the rental van used in the attack to mow down pedestrians on London Bridge – and claimed she was unaware of his intentions until anti-terror police stormed her house the following day.

Charisse O’Leary has opened up about her life as the widow of a terrorist

The van used by the London Bridge terrorists Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba in the attack on London Bridge in 2017

 

Ms O’Leary gave evidence at the inquests which found the trio were lawfully killed by police after they “ignored clear warning shouts”.

Last week it was heard that PC Iian Rae took a “split second decision” to stop Redouane from detonating a bomb.

PC Rae had no idea the suicide belt was not real when he stepped in to handcuff him on the ground on the night of June 3, 2017.

Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba

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The 51-year-old officer, who was also called to help in the aftermath of the 7/7 Tube and bus London bombing in 2005, said his only thought was to save lives.

Speaking at the conclusion of the London Bridge inquest, he said: “It’s only when you sit back and try to process what you have done you think what was it – stupidity or bravery? Too close.

“To be quite honest I felt that I needed to do something.

“I did not have time to think about the risk involved. I just went and did what I thought was the best thing for everyone.”



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