British police make 'significant' arrests in widening probes after London rampage

Two people are still in critical condition in hospital, with one of them suffering from life-threatening injuries.

British-born Islamic convert Khalid Masood, 52, was shot dead after killing four people including a policeman in a rampage on Wednesday when he rammed his auto into pedestrians and tried to force his way into the parliament building in central London.

Police had said the man behind the attack was British-born Muslim convert Khalid Masood and that they were trying to establish whether others had directed him.

March 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had a telephonic conversation with his Britain counterpart Theresa May and expressed India's solidarity and conveyed deepest condolences for victims of the terror attack in London.

"As a result of their co-operation and our enquiries, we are completely satisfied that they are not connected in any way to the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday", he said.

Police raided the room at the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton after the attack, searching for clues about Khalid Masood, who was identified Friday by his prior name, Adrian Russell Ajao.

"Kris went to work on Wednesday full of pride as he was receiving a commendation for his exceptional work as a police liaison officer during a demonstration in 2016".

Three other people died after Masood's vehicle ploughed into them on Westminster Bridge: Spanish teacher Aysha Frade, 43; American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54; and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, who succumbed to his injuries late on Thursday. Rowley added on Twitter that two more people were arrested late Thursday in West Midlands and Northwest, and that there were now nine people in custody in connection with the attack.

A 27-year-old man was arrested late on Thursday at an address in Birmingham and a 35-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Friday at an address in Manchester.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry says five South Koreans in their 50s and 60s were among the 40 people injured in London during the terror attack outside Parliament.

At around 2:40 pm (1440 GMT), the attacker rammed a auto along the pavement on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic route that is also a popular tourist spot with its views of parliament and its Big Ben clock tower.

The heir to the British throne thanked staff at King's College Hospital for their "marvelous efforts".

After chairing a meeting of the government's COBRA emergencies committee, she described the attack as "sick and depraved" and confirmed that Britain would maintain its terror threat level at "severe".

The Saudi embassy in London on Friday issued a statement saying that Masood was not known to their security services "and does not have a criminal record in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in the central city of Birmingham. He was shot dead by police.

  • Leroy Wright