London attacker 'Khalid Masood': A 'nice guy' turned extremist

Cheryl Sanders
April 1, 2017

Four people died in yesterday's attack, after a auto was driven along the pavement on Westminster Bridge and a policeman was stabbed outside the Houses of Parliament.

Basu added that the police still need "to establish with absolute clarity why he did these unspeakable acts", stressing that the reasons behind the attack "may have died with him [the attacker]".

Four people were killed when Islamist extremist Khalid Masood went on an 82-second rampage in Westminster on Wednesday.

Masood, 52, killed four people including unarmed Pc Keith Palmer and injured dozens more when he ploughed a hired auto across Westminster Bridge and stormed the parliamentary estate armed with two blades before being shot by police. Two people are in critical condition and another has life-threatening injuries.

At least twice he was convicted of violent crimes, well before he stabbed a police officer to death Wednesday in London with a motion that one horrified witness described as "playing a drum on your back with two knives".

A 26-year-old woman and three men aged 28, 27, and 26-years-old who were arrested at separate addresses in Birmingham were also all released with no further action.

But ISIS is suffering big losses at home and is losing territory in Iraq and Syria, and the group could be trying to capitalize on the attack by claiming credit for it, analysts have told NBC News.

Ten people remain in custody.

Police believe Masood acted alone but want to know whether others helped him prepare the attack.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack".

Yesterday's raids yielded two "significant" arrests, said its head of counter-terrorism Mark Rowley, made "on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts". The man was also detained under TACT while the woman was arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE).

Mirvis played on the theme of unity among people of faith, saying "Londoners are showing right now that we will always stand up with strength to confront terror and we will never be cowed by it". He was registered as Adrian Elms at birth and took his stepfather's name and became Adrian Ajao later on as child. "But while the public should remain utterly vigilant they should not - and will not - be cowed by this threat", she said.

Members of the emergency services working at the scene of the terror attack at the Houses of Parliament in central London.

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