Two men still remain in police custody over the Westminster terror attack

Claudine Rigal
Avril 6, 2017

The man believed to have been responsible for the terrorist attack in Westminster has been identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood. He was also known as Adrian Elms and "may also be known by a number of other names", police said. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling him a "solider" who responded to its demands that followers attack countries in the coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq.

Wednesday's attack was the deadliest in Britain since suicide bombers killed 52 commuters on London's transit system in July 2005.

As part of their inquiry, police said they have seized 2,700 items, including "massive" amounts of computer data.

"We've received hundreds of uploads of video images to our online platform".

We don't know where the next attack will come, but having all police officers across the United Kingdom armed at all times would make them better placed to deal with the new terror threat.

At around 2:40 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, Masood drove a 4X4 auto along Westminster Bridge and hit many pedestrians. He was shot dead by police.

The other victims were 48-year-old policeman Keith Palmer and, on the bridge, 43-year-old Briton Aysha Frade, who was on her way to pick up her two daughters, and an American citizen in his 50s, Kurt Cochran.

Authorities identified Masood, a 52-year-old Briton, as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism - but was not now on a terrorism watch list.

British police said Friday they had made further "significant" arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they released the first picture of the homegrown killer who left four people dead. His last conviction came 14 years ago in December 2003 for possession of a knife."Our working assumption is that he was inspired by global terrorism", said Rowley of London's Metropolitan Police. "It's a poignant reminder, I think, that the impact of this attack on the capital will reach around the world".

It was not known he was planning Wednesday's attack, but police said in a statement he has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including grievous bodily harm (GBH), possession of offensive weapons, and public order offences. Two of those in hospital are in critical condition, one of them with life threatening injuries.

Police have searched 16 addresses, with five more raids still underway, mainly in London and the central city of Birmingham, where the attacker reportedly lived and near where he rented the vehicle used in the assault. She said she got chills when she learned the identity of the London attacker.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Masood was "investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism" years ago.

The manager of a hotel in the beachside city of Brighton where Masood attacker stayed the night before the incident said he seemed unusually outgoing and mentioned details about his family, including having a sick father.

The Sun is reporting he stayed in a hotel in Brighton, the Preston Park Hotel, hours before committing the atrocity.

"We come together as Londoners tonight to remember those who have lost their lives and all those affected by the horrific attack yesterday".

Further details about the rampage continued to emerge. Masood's age does not fit the profile of militant attackers, who are typically younger than 30, according to counter-terrorism officers.

"Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to save him", Crofts said. "(Police Constable) Palmer at the time was surrounded by a whole host of colleagues who really loved him.

Ken Wharfe, formerly a bodyguard to the late Princess Diana, said the video reveals flaws in the procedure used to evacuate May during a risky situation.

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