London attacks: British police arrest two more suspects

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

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

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said they had released a two women aged 21 and 23, and four men aged 23, 26, 27, and 28 who had been arrested at addresses in Birmingham after the attack in Westminster.

He continued: "Nevertheless, we are determined to understand if Masood was a lone actor inspired by terrorist propaganda or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him".

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, describing Masood as one of the group's "soldiers", but the claim has not been verified.

Police said 40 people were injured after Masood, a 52-year-old Briton with a history of violent offenses, plowed a auto along a pavement on a bridge before stabbing a police officer outside the parliament.

Two people remain in critical condition after Masood ploughed a auto down Westminster Bridge and stormed the Parliament's estate armed with two blades, fatally knifing police official Keith Palmer.

The 75-year-old who died in hospital on Thursday night was Leslie Rhodes, a man from Streatham in south London. That brings the number of people in custody for the Wednesday attack to nine.

Masood was known to police for previous convictions, but none of them are terror-related.

He was never convicted of any terrorism offenses and was not subject to any investigations at the time of the attack.

The attack left five dead, including Masood, who was shot by police after he stabbed to death Keith Palmer, a 15-year-veteran of Britain's parliamentary and diplomatic protection forces who was on duty at Parliament.

The first thing to remember, he said, is to be aware of the impact that the people who died, will have on their families. His last came 14 years ago in December 2013 for possession of a knife.

The man had been named a day earlier as 52-year-old British man Khalid Masood.

"To that end in our continuing investigation and ongoing covert activity we have made two further significant arrests overnight", he said.

"We never thought anything of him", he said. Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that Masood had been investigated by MI5 in the past for violent extremism, but had been considered "a peripheral figure".

On Thursday, hundreds gathered to hold a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the attack.

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