Police Named Attacker in London Attack, Arrests Eight after Raids


Time: 9:23 a.m. CEST Update: 4:39 p.m. CEST

Scotland Yard named the person which police believes is responsible for the attack in Westminster. BBC reports that police identified him as Khalid Masood, 52 who was born in Kent and lived in the West Midlands. He was not the subject of any investigation and he was not convicted of any terrorism offenses. But, he was known to the police for possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses, BBC reported.

 

After an attack in the Westminster in London yesterday police searched addresses in Birmingham and London and made eight arrests. As https://bbb.com writes, Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley explained, “hundreds of detectives have worked through the night, carrying out searches at six addresses.”

The number of fatalities remain four and two of those who died were a woman, a man, PC Keith Palmer and the attacker. Two other victims are Aysha Frade, a college worker, and Kurt W. Cochran, a U.S. tourist. As British Prime minister Theresa May said on March 23, “attacker was British, known to security services, but not “part of the current intelligence picture.”

Rowley said that 29 had been treated in hospital. At least 40 are injured. The incident happened when a man drove a car in Westminster, injuring pedestrians. He stabbed a policeman and was shot dead. Police believe the attacker “acted alone and inspired by international terrorism.” The victims are a mix of nationalities and the police did not release the identity of the attacker at this moment, but Rowley said, “it is believed the attacker was inspired by international terrorism.” As BBC writes, the so-called Islamic State group claims the man was a “soldier of the Islamic State.

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