London attacker's wife 'saddened and shocked'

Inquests were opened Wednesday for those killed in the attack: Palmer, age 48; British college administrator Aysha Frade, age 44; U.S. tourist Kurt Cochran, age 54; and 75-year-old south London resident Leslie Rhodes, whose life support was turned off Thursday.

British officials have also demanded tech firms do more to allow police access to smartphone communications after reports that Khalid Masood had used encrypted messaging via WhatsApp before he drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed to death a police officer by parliament.

The Kent-born terrorist, born Adrian Russell Ajao who later converted to Islam, was responsible for murdering four people including a police officer.

"I am saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done".

The show of solidarity comes as an inquest for the victims opened today; a week after Khalid Masood launched an 82-second rampage outside Parliament.

Masood was shot dead on the grounds of Parliament.

The Islamic State claimed it was behind Masood's attack on the heart of London, but Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said investigators had not found any links between Masood and IS or al-Qaeda.

Assembly members also quizzed Mr Mackey over concerns about funding and whether the Home Office would pick up the bill for the initial police response and investigation.

His comments came as Masood's mother spoke out for the first time since the killings, saying in a statement that she was "shocked, saddened and numbed" by her son's actions.

Around 100, mostly-Muslim, women formed a human chain on Westminster Bridge - where Masood carried out his attack - on Sunday.

Det Supt Crossley confirmed that one of those injured remains in a coma in hospital.

Rain began to fall as the vigil paused for a minute's silence for the victims on the bridge, in the shadow of the Palace of Westminster, where the deadly attack took place. "I totally condemn his actions".

The Westminster terror attack was "a wake-up call" to companies who run encrypted messaging sites, Britain's top cop has said.

His brother, Zishan Ahmad, a 25-year-old Imam, who also attended the memorial, added: "You can't divide London - we stand together".

After crashing, he then fatally stabbed PC Keith Palmer outside Parliament, before being shot dead by police.

The inquest into Masood's death will be opened and adjourned tomorrow.

However, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack, which was carried out by United Kingdom -born Khalid Masood.

Mr Cochran, whose wife Melissa was taken to hospital after suffering a broken leg, rib and cut head, died at the scene on Westminster Bridge from multiple injuries after being hit by the auto, while Mrs Frade suffered head and chest injuries, also dying on the bridge.

Officers have until 6.50am on Thursday to question a 58-year-old arrested at an address in Birmingham on the day of the attack.

  • Larry Hoffman