United Kingdom police, Muslim youths to link hands to mark London attack

Faith Leaders head up a vigil including members of the public and police officers on Westminster Bridge exactly one week after Khalid Masood drove a hired auto into people crossing Westminster Bridge, killing three.

Mounted police officers patrol Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in London, March 29, 2017, before a vigil to commemorate the terror attack that killed four last week.

Officers who attended the scene of the attack were urged to "come to pay their respects, as well as victims, witnesses and anyone else", according to a statement on the Metropolitan Police Federation website.

A large crowd, which included police, hospital staff and relatives of victims, stretched across the bridge where Khalid Masood drove a auto into pedestrians March 22.

But after the enormity of last week's events, and the huge repercussions they will have for so many people, it all felt a little anti-climactic.

A large crowd, which included police, hospital staff and relatives of victims, stretched across the bridge where Khalid Masood drove a vehicle into pedestrians last Wednesday.

"Zafir Malik, an imam from the the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, said at the vigil: "[It has] nothing to do with Islam, nothing to do with what we believe in and preach on a daily basis.

"The man attacked a police officer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster with the knives, causing grave wounds and killing the officer, Pc Keith Palmer".

He confirmed that the attacker had been formally identified as Khalid Masood, 52, from Birmingham.

The commemoration came as an inquest opened into the deaths of American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, school administrator Aysha Frade, 44, and Palmer, 48.

His wife Melissa suffered a broken leg and rib and cuts to her head.

The full inquest will be heard at London's Royal Courts of Justice, with a pre-inquest review set by the coroner for May 19.

A rallying call has been issued to police across London to line the streets of the capital for the funeral of hero Pc Keith Palmer.

Adjourning the inquest for police to carry out their investigations, Dr Wilcox told the family members in the court: "I wish you all well".

After the crash, Masood ran into the Palace of Westminster grounds armed with two knives.

His girlfriend Andreea Cristea was knocked from the bridge into the River Thames and remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

A so-called lone wolf terrorist ploughed into 40 people on Westminster Bridge in a vehicle, calling to mind previous such attacks in France.

  • Leroy Wright