British police named Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old born in Kent as responsible for yesterday’s Westminster attacks.
The Scotland Yard said Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was “no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack”.
However, Masood had an extensive criminal record and a history of convictions including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. He had not been of any terrorism related offences.
Masood killed three people and injured forty in London’s deadliest terrorist attack in twelve years. According to yet unconfirmed information, Masood was a teacher and was born in Kent. British Prime Minister Theresa May told the British Parliament the killer was a British citizen who had been investigated by MI5 over violent extremism.
She said that Masood was known to the police and security services, and added: “We are not afraid and our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism.”
ISIS claimed responsibility for the Westminster attack in a statement published by the group’s Amaq propaganda agency.
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The investigators believe ISIS is not directly involved in the attack, and that Masood was inspired by Islamist terrorism. ISIS has claimed a number of terrorist attacks that is has not directly organized or facilitated, but are merely linked to its ideology of Islamic radicalism.
Prime Minister May said the attacker was: “a peripheral figure and the case is historic…there was no prior intelligence of his intent or the plot.”
British police announced that four people were killed in the attack – the perpetrator, Khalid Masood, who was shot by a bodyguard in New Palace Yard in front of Westminster Palace, a police officer, Keith Palmer, whom Masood stabbed, Aysha Frade, British citizen, and American tourist Kurt Cochran.
The attacker, who was armed with two knives, injured around 40 people as he mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before crashing at the railings in front of Parliament.
He stabbed Pc Palmer before being shot dead by a close protection officer, who – according to The Telegraph – is a bodyguard to Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.
The attack left 40 injured, while a total of 29 people were treated in hospital and 7 remain in critical condition.
Source: The Telegraph
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