Muslim Link Hands in Tribute to London Terror Attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 15:30
Superintendent Jon Williams (centre) joins a vigil held on Westminster Bridge in London, exactly a week since the Westminster terror attack took place.
The tributes came on the same day that an inquest into the victims' deaths was opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroners Court.
Some, from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, wore T-shirts emblazoned with: "I'm a Muslim, ask me anything". "We are here and showing our solidarity for the country".
The Hands Across Westminster Bridge vigil was seeking to show "we will not be divided", linking "all nations, faiths, orientation and sexes", organisers said.
Opening and adjourning the inquest into Masood's death, Westminster coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox was told the attacker was identified through fingerprints and DNA.
American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, and teacher Aysha Frade, 44, died at the scene on the bridge after being struck by the vehicle.
Four people and the attacker, Khalid Masood, died as he drove a vehicle at high speed down the bridge before stabbing a Scotland Yard officer to death at the gates of Parliament.
Twelve people are reportedly still being treated for injuries in hospital following the assault last week, which was carried out in a total of 82 seconds.
Khalid Masood killed three people there after ploughing a 4×4 through pedestrians who were walking along the pavement.
Masood then ran into Parliament's grounds wielding knives and fatally stabbed a police officer before he was shot dead by police.
'The male attacked a police officer in the grounds with knives, causing grave wounds and killing the officer.
The full inquest is due to be held at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Scotland Yard has said there is "no evidence" Masood was linked to Islamic State or al Qaida but he "clearly" had an interest in jihad.
Coroner's Office manager Eric Sword told the hearing how American tourist Mr Cochran, 54, had died at the scene of multiple injuries after he was hit by the auto.
Two men, aged 30 and 58, were reportedly arrested in Birmingham and remain in police custody over the Westminster attack.