London attack: Significant arrests as police appeal for information on Khalid Masood

Cheryl Sanders
March 31, 2017

They have named 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood as the man who killed four people in Westminster on Wednesday, but issued a fresh plea for any information that might explain why he did it.

Mark Rowley revealed the name in a briefing outside Scotland Yard in which he also announced two more "significant" arrests had been made.

Nine people remain in custody and one woman has been released on bail, Rowley said.

Wellwishers lay flowers outside the Houses of Parliament, following the March 22 attack by Khalid Masood, killing 4, and injuring 29, in London on March 25, 2017.

On Thursday, the Daesh terror group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack.

Police said Mr Masood had been using "a number of aliases".

Mark Rowley, the lead officer in the United Kingdom for counter-terrorism policing, said hundreds of detectives worked through the night in a fast-moving inquiry. Two people are now in a critical condition - one with life-threatening injuries - in hospital.

The death toll in Wednesday's terrorist attack near the U.K. Parliament has risen, after a 75-year-old man died of his injuries.

In a statement late Saturday, the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command revealed that 82 seconds passed from the moment on March 22 when Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians and then exited the vehicle to attack police with a knife, until the moment he was shot dead by officers.

But police are still trying to establish Masood's motivation.

In a somber but defiant statement, Britain's prime minister declares that "we are not afraid".

"Whilst there is still no evidence of further threats, our determination is to find out if either he [Masood] acted totally alone, inspired by perhaps terrorist propaganda, or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him".

Meanwhile, police will review security at the Carriage Gates, through which the attacker entered.

The latest victim died in the hospital on Thursday, bringing the death toll from his attack to four.

Two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, police said on Friday.

A family, who live next door, said Masood used to come wearing Islamic dress and take their neighbours' children to mosque although they did not know where.

One of the mothers at nearby Brookfields Primary School said her daughter was best friends with Masood's, but added: "I always got the chills from him".

"Those affected include a real cross-section of ages from at least 12 nationalities", Rowley said.

The attacker has been identified as 52-year-old former convict Adrian Russell Ajao who acquired the name Khalid Masood after converting to Islam.

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