Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

British police reveal more details of Parliament attacker

British police reveal more details of Parliament attacker

More than 50 people of a dozen nationalities were injured, 31 of whom required hospital treatment.

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.

His neighbour of 24 years, Philip Williams, says they were close.

Rowley described the overnight arrests of two men aged 27 and 35 in Birmingham and Manchester as "significant".

A security official who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation confirmed that Masood had spent time in Saudi Arabia but said investigators were still trying to determine how long he stayed and what he was doing. In a briefing outside Scotland Yard he also announced two more "significant" arrests had been made.

The more that details have emerged about Wednesday's attack on Westminster, the more they point to the wisdom of routinely arming the police.

Mark Rowley, the acting deputy police commissioner, said two people have been arrested in the West Midlands and the northwest of England. Two people are now in a critical condition - one with life-threatening injuries - in hospital.

It's true that there are plenty of police with guns around Parliament - but what we now know about the attack demonstrates that where there is the need for police, there is a need for arms.

Seven people arrested in London and Birmingham are being held on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

Born Adrian Russell Ajao in Kent, southeast of London, on Christmas Day in 1964, he moved though several addresses in England and lived recently in Birmingham, central England.The Daily Mail newspaper said he was brought up by his single mother in the town of Rye on England's south coast, later converting to Islam and changing his name. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Masood was not part of the "current intelligence picture".

Masood's last conviction was in 2003, also involving a knife attack.

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. This phrasing has been used in the past by the group for attacks ISIS believes it helped inspire, he said.

Little detail has officially been given about the man and what might have led him to carry out Wednesday's attack, the deadliest in Britain since the London suicide bombings of 2005 by four young British Islamists, which killed 52.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan told CNN that the city was protected by the best police and security services in the world.

A vigil was held Thursday in a show of solidarity and mourning for the victims.

But as he checked out of his hotel to head toward London for his deadly rampage, the manager said he was struck by his guest's friendly manner.

"The way that communities in London, and throughout the United Kingdom, have come together in the wake of this attack shows that we will not give into those who seek to breed discord and fear. But also to send a clear message, Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism", Khan told the crowd.

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