Saudi embassy confirms United Kingdom attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

Cheryl Sanders
March 26, 2017

Meanwhile, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London has said that the Westminster attacker was in the country three times and taught English there. "In 2015, he obtained an Umrah visa through an approved travel agent and was in the Kingdom from the March 3-8", the statement added.

"During his stay in Saudi Arabia, Khalid Masood did not appear on the security services' radar and did not have criminal record in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, " the embassy said in a statement on its Twitter account.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to stand with the United Kingdom during this hard time and reaffirms its commitment to continue its work with the United Kingdom in any way to assist in the ongoing investigation", the statement concluded. He was known for having a violent temper in England and had been convicted at least twice for violent crimes.

Masood's reign of terror began Wednesday after a vehicle he was driving struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge. Then he jumped out and attacked police officer Keith Palmer, who was guarding parliament, fatally stabbing him before being shot dead by police.

In all, he killed four people and left more than two dozen hospitalized, including some with catastrophic injuries.

The ISIL terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security officials believe that London attacker Khalid Masood was not a "lone wolf" and that others had played a key part in indoctrinating him and helping to carry out Wednesday's deadly attacks.

Police are still hunting associates of Masood who are believed to be linked to the Westminster attack, the Independent reported.

Details about how Masood became radicalized aren't clear, although he may have become exposed to radical views while an inmate in Britain or while working in conservative Saudi Arabia.

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