Westminster attack: Six arrested had 'no connection'

Britain's top anti-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said police had nine people in custody after the attack on Wednesday which killed five people including the assailant.

The number of victims killed in Wednesday's attack rose to four, it was announced Friday, after one of the critically injured victims was taken off life support in hospital on Thursday night.

Ms Hydara's husband, Khalid Masood, has been name by police as the man who carried out deadly terror attack outside Westminster which killed five people including PC Keith Palmer, 48, Aysha Frade and USA tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, an a 75-year-old man.

At least 50 people were hurt in the London attack, thought to have been carried out by a "lone wolf" attacker known as Khalid Masood, though Islamic State has claimed responsibility. A 26-year-old woman and three men aged 28, 27 and 26, were arrested at a separate address in Birmingham. "Whilst there is still no evidence of further threats, you'll understand our determination is to find out if either he acted totally alone, inspired perhaps by terrorist propaganda, or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him".

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.

The latest victim, who died in the hospital on Thursday, was identified as 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from Streatham, south London.

On periphery Ms Rudd stressed that, although Masood had spent time in jail, he had never been charged with terrorist offences.

Police Officer Keith Palmer, who was unarmed, was fatally stabbed after Masood exited his vehicle at the base of the bridge wielding a knife and ran into a restricted area outside the Houses of Parliament. At 14:40:59, the first 999 call was made to Scotland Yard reporting the incident. He was shot dead by police.

In a major update on Friday, police also confirmed that the dead terrorist Khalid Masood's birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao.

The 52-year-old was born in Kent, grew up in Rye, East Sussex, and had previously been investigated by MI5 over concerns relating to violent extremism.

May also said: "It is still believed the attacker acted alone and police have no reason to believe there are imminent further attacks on the public". But one day, she said, he packed the household up in a black van and then they were gone.

  • Zachary Reyes