Terrorist's Chilling Final Words To Hotel Staff Before Westminster Attack

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

The arrests in the West Midlands and the north west regions of the United Kingdom bring the total in custody to nine, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said in a press conference Friday.

Five people have died - a police officer, the attacker, a woman named as Aysha Frade, 43, U.S. tourist Kurt Cochran and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes succumbed to his injuries in hospital a day after the attack. Authorities have carried out at least 21 searches and seized more than 2,700 items including "massive of amounts of computer data".

While a tweet from ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq claimed Masood as a "soldier" of the terror group, inspired by its message, it provided no evidence of direct links with ISIS and did not name him.

Rowley appealed on Friday for anyone who has information on Masood to contact the police.

A total of 31 people of 12 nationalities have been treated in hospital, two people remain in critical condition while two officers have very significant injuries.

He named 75-year-old Lesley Rhodes as the fourth victim, who died in hospital on Thursday.

The men, 58 and 27, were arrested in the Birmingham area and are being detained under the UK's Terrorism Act (TACT), according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police.

Police said Masood had never been convicted of a terrorism offence.

The 52-year-old was born in Kent, grew up in Rye, East Sussex, and had previously been investigated by MI5 over concerns relating to violent extremism.

The family of police officer Keith Palmer stabbed to death by Masood said it was moved by the support from various quarters: "We have been overwhelmed by the love and support for our family, and most especially, the outpouring of love and respect for our Keith".

"We still believe that Masood acted alone on the day and there is no information or intelligence to suggest there are further attacks planned, said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu".

Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was using the messaging service WhatsApp around two minutes before he ploughed his vehicle into innocent pedestrians, sparking fears he may have been guided by an Isis mastermind.

The 52-year-old attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in the central city of Birmingham.

Masood plowed an SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday before stabbing a police officer. But she called him "a peripheral figure". The case is historic - he was not part of the current intelligence picture.

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