Police officers weep at Westminster vigil as inquests reveal how victims died

LONDON (AP) - British police officers will be linking hands with members of a Muslim youth group on a London bridge to mark last week's attack outside Parliament that killed four people.

Westminster coroner's court heard today that Masood who lived in Birmingham and drove his Hyundai 4x4 auto at innocent pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing three people was shot in the chest and died from a single gunshot wound.

The ISIS-inspired killer than smashed the auto into a fence at the Palace of Westminster before stabbing PC Keith Palmer to death in an horrific knife attack.

Det Supt Crossley said there were some 140 "significant witnesses" to the carnage out of a potential 1,500 potential witnesses to the 82-second terror attack.

Opening the inquest, Westminster Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox addressed the friends and relatives of the victims and assured them the coroner's court would do everything in its power to establish how they died.

Inquests into the victims' deaths were opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court earlier today.

Mr Rhodes was pronounced dead at London's King's College the following day from a head injury, while Pc Palmer died at the scene after being stabbed in the chest.

Met Police officers and members of public will form a line-up of "hands across Westminster Bridge" at 2:15pm.

A separate inquest for Masood will be opened at the same court on Thursday.

More than 500 young people from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in London were part of the ceremony, according to one of the organizers.

'The male was then shot and killed by other officers'.

Hundreds of people joined together on Westminster Bridge Wednesday to remember the four killed in last week's London attack.

"I just remember him being polite, pleasant, friendly, and inquisitive about Islam."Latif said he has encountered radicals before: he knew Taymour Abdulwahab, a Swedish national who briefly lived and worshipped at Latif's mosque in Luton before carrying out a suicide bombing in Stockholm in 2010".

Coroner's officer Eric Sword said the provisional cause of death was "a gunshot wound to the chest".

Victims of the attack include PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father of a five-year-old girl, and United States tourist American Kurt Cochran, 54, who was in London with his wife to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

  • Julie Sanders