Families of Westminster attack victims found out fate through pictures online
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 21:04
The family of the U.S. tourist killed in the Westminster terror attack have spoken of their "humbling and hard experience".
Police say Masood, who had a number of aliases, wasn't the subject of any current investigation and that "there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack".
"That's what is bothering me the most", said Kizerian.
Police said Thursday that of the 40 people injured, 29 required hospitalization and seven are in critical condition.
Islamic State called Masood "a soldier of the Islamic State" following the attack. The attacker then crashed into a gate near the Palace of Westminster and fatally stabbed a police officer, authorities said.
"The people who took on that picture are being rather selective", freelance photographer Jamie Lorriman told Australian broadcaster ABC. Though millions of foreigners from around the world live and work in the kingdom, Masoods time there immediately raised questions about whether the countrys ultraconservative brand of Islam impacted his worldview.
"What the image does not show is that I had talked to other witnesses to try and find out what was happening, to see if I could be of any help".
"Whilst I have found no evidence of an association with IS or AQ (al Qaida), there is clearly an interest in jihad".
The family of an American man killed last week in the London attack has offered tribute to his generosity and say they are grateful for the help and support so many have shown during a awful time.
Cochran and his wife, Melissa, were on the last day of their European vacation celebrating their 25th anniversary when an attacker plowed an SUV into pedestrians Wednesday on London's Westminster Bridge. They were visiting Melissa's parents who are serving as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Flanked by 12 members of the couple's family, Dimmon Payne, Mrs Cochran's father, said the family had heard about the attack happening but did not know their loved ones were caught up in it until they saw photos online.
The statement said: "This has been a humbling and hard experience, but we've felt the love of so many people during these past several days".
He said: "So many people have been so kind and we are deeply touched by their goodness and generosity".
The arrest came as the government confirmed that Masood had used the WhatsApp messaging service, saying it was crucial that the security services be allowed to access the heavily encrypted app.
The couple were both mown down on Westminster Bridge last Wednesday by the vehicle driven by Khalid Masood.
Encryption makes it more hard to know whether Masood was acting with an accomplice.
Police investigating the attack arrested a 30-year-old man on Sunday in the central English city of Birmingham on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.
Cochran's father-in-law said people had been "amazing".
Maltese Interior Minister Carmelo Abela said Monday "there is a fine line here. And that's what we choose to do also".
"He loved to make music, he loved to play the guitar".
Media have reported that Masood sent an encrypted message moments before the attack.