by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
The city of London was struck by a vicious terror attack on Wednesday, as a man plowed his SUV through a crowd of tourists outside the UK’s Parliament, then got out and started stabbing pedestrians and police.
The deadly attack took the lives of three innocents, including a British-Spanish woman, an American tourist, and a police officer, before himself being shot to death by the bodyguard for Britain’s Defense Minister.
Now, after a long delay that prompted accusations of political correctness, the UK’s Scotland Yard has revealed the identity of the killer.
He is Khalid Masood, a 52-year old Muslim, who had previously been investigated by Britain’s security services for “violent extremism.”
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 23, 2017
London police named Khalid Masood as the perpetrator responsible for Wednesday’s attacks in Westminster, London, which left 4 dead, including Masood himself.
Masood, 52, was reportedly known to police due to his previous criminal activity, but he was not under surveillance at the time of the attacks. The Islamic State took credit for Masood’s attack Thursday morning, though the exact nature of his connection to the terrorist organization is unclear. London police have arrested eight other individuals suspected of being involved with the attack.
ISIS has claimed credit for the attack, asserting that Masood was a “soldier of the Islamic State.”
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) March 23, 2017
Many were stunned to learn that Masood was once probed for terror ties:
“The man was British born and… some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism,” U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament Thursday. “He was not part of the current intelligence picture.”
Masood was a married father-of-three, an English teacher and a convert to Islam, according to Sky News.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said this afternoon: ‘Masood was also known by a number of aliases. He was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.
‘However, he was known to police and has a numerous convictions for violent assaults, including with offensive weapons, and public order offences.
‘His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. He has not been convicted for any terrorism offences.’
Incredible that anyone would hire a convicted violent criminal with Islamic terror links as an “English teacher.”
The victims were named as Mother-of-two Aysha Frade (left), Metropolitan policeman Keith Palmer (center) and U.S. tourist Kurt Cochran (right), who was celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife, who was severely injured after Masood plowed into them.
Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood was born in England & lived here for 52 years.
He was one of the "integrated" ones.
Let that sink in.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 23, 2017