Two men remain in custody over Westminster terrorist attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 17:01
British police investigating the terror attack in London said Friday that they've made two more "significant" arrests as they work to piece together the attacker's networks and path to radicalization.
Assistant Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said the attacker, Khalid Masood, went by several aliases but was born Adrian Russell Ajao.
Police raided addresses across the country earlier this week - including in London, Manchester and Birmingham - as they looked to establish whether Westminster attacker Khalid Masood acted alone or with accomplices who directly encouraged, supported, or directed him.
Although some of those he was involved with included people suspected of being keen to travel to join jihadi groups overseas, Masood "himself never did so", said a USA government source.
There are two people hospitalized in critical condition, one in a life-threatening condition and two police officers who sustained injuries, Rowley said, adding that a total of at least 50 people were injured with 31 needing hospitalization.
The latest victim, who died in the hospital on Thursday, was 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from Streatham, south London.
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. The married father of three was never convicted of any terrorism offences.
He then fled on foot, stabbing police officers who were patrolling the grounds of the British parliament, before being shot dead.
Rowley said two police officers targeted in the attack have significant injuries.
Police say there is no evidence of further attacks planned, but they are looking to find out more about Masood and whether he acted alone or was supported by anyone.
Metropolitan Police said Masood was not the subject of current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to carry out a terrorist attack.
Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons on Thursday that Masood "was born in Britain and had previously been investigated for suspected extremism by MI5".
Eight people were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, and police said the investigation was continuing.
"We never thought anything of him", he said.
The first thing to remember, he said, is to be aware of the impact that the people who died, will have on their families.