Khalid Masood died of gunshot wound to chest, inquest hears

One week after London was shaken by the Westminster attack, a vigil is being held on Westminster Bridge to remember those killed by the attacker Khalid Masood.

While there was no clear evidence Masood was part of a terrorist organization, or shared his plan of attack with others, the Met deputy assistant commissioner and senior national coordinator for United Kingdom counter-terrorism policing Neil Basu said Monday there was "clearly an interest in jihad".

"The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to extensive bone and skull fractures", said a statement from London's Metropolitan Police on the opening of the inquests.

Senior investigating officer Supt John Crossley said Masood was armed with two knives and caused grave wounds when he attacked PC Palmer.

Police arrested 12 people in total over the killings but only one, a 30-year-old man, remains in custody on suspicion of "preparation of terrorist acts". Short speeches by Stephen Watson, chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, and faith leaders followed.

She said: "Since my statement on Thursday, the names of those who died have been released".

"There is no evidence that Masood was radicalised in prison in 2003, as has been suggested". He was living in an apartment in the Edgbaston area until last week's attack."I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why", Basu said.

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"He said: "[It has] nothing to do with Islam, nothing to do with what we believe in and preach on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the families of the dead and injured set about the hard task of going on with their lives.

The family of one of the victims, Aysha Frade, on Wednesday said they felt a "crushing pain and eternal void" following her death.

The inquest also heard details of the other victims of the attack, including USA tourist Kurt Cochran, who suffered multiple injuries after being hit by the vehicle.

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 vehicle.

Speaking on Monday, the British government's Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, a Muslim cabinet minister, said: "The extremists want to drive a wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims".

You did your best and we are just grateful he was not alone.

  • Julie Sanders