29th April 2017

London Terrorism: Khalid Masood Named as British Born Terrorist

By Danny Boyle (23/03/17)

Police have formally identify attacker as Kent-born Khalid Masood, 52. He had string of previous convictions, but none for terror offences.

Islamic State claims Westminster attacker was one of its 'soldiers'. Prime Minister Theresa May (pictured) reveals he was investigated by MI5 over 'violent extremism'. Eight arrested as police raid six addresses across UK over attack. Three killed are PC, American tourist and British mother. Seven victims of Westminster attack remain critically ill. Sir Michael Fallon's bodyguard was officer who shot terrorist.

The Westminster terrorist who brought bloodshed to the heart of London has been named by police as Khalid Masood, a British-born criminal with a string of previous convictions.

After Isil claimed the attacker was a "soldier" of the terror group, Scotland Yard formally identified the 52-year-old - saying he was not the subject of any current investigations and there was "no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack".

But the man who killed three people - including a police officer - in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. 

He had not been convicted of any terrorism offences. Khalid Masood being treated by medics after he was shot outside the Palace of Westminster. Masood, reportedly a teacher, was born in Kent and detectives believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands. He was also known by a number of aliases.

Just two hours after Theresa May told the Commons the killer was a British citizen who had been investigated by MI5 over violent extremism, Isil said that the attacker answered "calls to target citizens of coalition nations". Isil had vowed that the UK was its next target following the Paris attacks in 2015. Isil statement released by Amaq news agency on Thursday afternoon.

The Prime Minister earlier said the attacker was known to the police and security services, as she defiantly vowed: "We are not afraid and our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism."

Mrs May was speaking as it emerged eight people have been arrested in connection with the terror attack. Scotland Yard said six addresses have been raided in London, Birmingham and elsewhere overnight following the attack linked to "Islamic terrorism in some form".

Police revised the death toll from Wednesday's atrocity down from five to four - the attacker; Pc Keith Palmer, who he stabbed; Aysha Frade, a British mother of two, and American tourist Kurt Cochran - both of whom where mown down as the terrorist sped across Westminster Bridge in his car.

Courtesy: By Danny Boyle, The Telegraph

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