London Terrorist Acted Alone, No Info Regarding Plans of Further Attacks
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 0:02
Terrorist Khalid Masood who killed four persons in an attack at the Westminster Bridge here, acted alone and there is no information suggesting further attacks are planned, police said.
Mark Rowley revealed the name in a briefing outside Scotland Yard in which he also announced two more "significant" arrests had been made.
Masood killed three and injured 29 people in a terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday. The attacker, Khalid Masood, was also shot dead.
Islamic State was responsible for the attack outside Britain's parliament, the group's Amaq news agency said on Thursday.
The 52-year-old attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in the central city of Birmingham.
In a statement late Saturday, the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command revealed that 82 seconds passed from the moment on March 22 when Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians and then exited the vehicle to attack police with a knife, until the moment he was shot dead by officers. Authorities have carried out at least 21 searches and seized more than 2,700 items including "massive of amounts of computer data".
Five people lost their lives, including Masood, and two remain in a critical condition with one considered to have life-threatening injuries. Leslie Rhodes, 75, of London was named as the latest fatality on Thursday night.
The assailant, identified as Khalid Masood, 52, was born Adrian Russell Ajao, Rowley said during a briefing outside Scotland Yard. They have have further said that is possible that "we will never understand why he did this".
The 39-year-old was one of 11 people arrested in a series of raids on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.
Meanwhile, members of London's Muslim community have created an online platform to raise funds for the victims of the Westminster attack.
Those included grievous bodily harm, weapons possessions and public order offences. The case is historic - he was not part of the current intelligence picture.
Masood went on to stab Pc Keith Palmer to death in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.
Basu added that the police still need "to establish with absolute clarity why he did these unspeakable acts", stressing that the reasons behind the attack "may have died with him [the attacker]".
Five people have died - a police officer, the attacker, a woman named as Aysha Frade, 43, USA tourist Kurt Cochran and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes succumbed to his injuries in hospital a day after the attack.
Neighbors said heavily-armed officers stormed a second-floor flat in Hagley Road overnight.