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 2017 Westminster attack was a terror attack that occurred on 22 March 2017 on Westminster Bridge, in Parliament Square and within the grounds of the Palace of Westminster in central London. A four-wheel drive vehicle[4] was driven into a crowd of people near the palace gates, and an attacker stabbed people, at least one of them being a police officer. Four people—including one police officer and the only known assailant—are confirmed dead.[5][6][4][7][8]

Suspect described as dark-skinned Asian with muslim style beard, but no media or officials willing to speculate on any link to Islamist motivations.


UK Parliament attacker acted alone, motive unknown: Scotland Yard
Khalid Masood


Motive[edit]

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The first media and public briefing from the Metropolitan Police Service, provided by Commander Ben-Julian Harrington at New Scotland Yard following the attack
On 22 March, the day of the attack, the Metropolitan Police said it believed the attack was inspired by "international terrorism"[70][71] and that they were working under the assumption that it was "Islamist-related terrorism".[72][73][74] On 23 March, the Islamic State-associated Amaq News Agency announced that the attacker was "a soldier of the Islamic State, executing the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations".[75] The Home SecretaryAmber Rudd, cast doubts on this claim.[76] Analysts monitoring Islamic State online said the claim appeared to be an effort to mask its losses in Iraq and Syria, adding that the lack of biographical information on the attacker and lack of specifics about the attack suggested it was not directly involved. However, they added that Islamic State is also careful in claiming attacks, as it wishes to be seen as credible. Before claiming attacks it has not directly ordered, Islamic State checks whether the attacker has been in contact with its members.[77]
Describing Masood as a "terrorist",[78] the Metropolitan Police said it was investigating whether he was a lone actor inspired by terrorist propaganda or was being directed by others.[79] On 25 March Neil Basu, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Senior National Coordinator for UK Counter-Terrorism Policing, announced that investigators believed Masood acted alone, adding: "there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this".[80] On 27 March, Basu announced that Masood clearly had an interest in jihad, that his methods echoed the rhetoric of Islamic State leaders and that investigators have found no evidence he was linked with it or al-Qaeda.[81][62]

Motive is said to be "unknown"
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at a memorial service in Westminster Abbey, the Very Reverend John Hall, Dean of Westminster, said that the UK was "bewildered" after the terrorist attacks of a fortnight earlier. He went on in his sermon to ask:
"What could possibly motivate a man to hire a car and take it from Birmingham to Brighton to London, and then drive it fast at people he had never met, couldn't possibly know, against whom he had no personal grudge, no reason to hate them and then run at the gates of the Palace of Westminster to cause another death? It seems likely that we shall never know."


Westminster attacker acted alone and motive may never be known ...
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Mar 25, 2017 - Police investigating the Westminster attack have concluded that Khalid Masood acted entirely alone for reasons that may never be known.

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  • Geller:  UK: Car on Westminister Bridge mows down at least 5 people, Muslim with 8-inch knife runs into Parliament building  “Asian” is British mediaspeak for Muslim. That witness makes this fairly clear to be a jihad attack. “Parliament shooting: ‘I saw knifeman’ Witness reveals Westminster carnage,” by Katie Mansfield, Express, March 22, 2017: there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.
  • Heavy: unconfirmed if the attack was orchestrated or inspired by the Islamic State. Terrorism analyst Michael S. Smith II reports that ISIS channels are talking about the attack, but have not claimed it. Some ISIS channels are celebrating the attack as retribution for airstrikes in Mosul.
  • Shoebat Photos Reveal The Attacker Of The UK Parliament Is Muslim Lone Wolf  Shoebat   photo of the attacker reveals a bearded man with a trimmed mustache plus today, March 22nd is the anniversary of the Brussels attack where on March 22nd 2016, 32 were killed and over 300 injured. This leads us to […] He seems to look like an African Muslim from his features, possibly Somali or north African Tunisian or Moroccan. An elongated beard and a trimmed mustache is usually a dead give-away this is a Muslim terror attack. Witnesses said the attacker was shot by police as he approached a second officer clutching his knife during the incident at about 2.45pm.


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LocationWestminster, London, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′03″N 0°07′19″WCoordinates51°30′03″N 0°07′19″W
Date22 March 2017
14:40 (GMT (UTC))
Attack type
Weapons
Deaths6 (4 pedestrians, 1 police officer, and the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
49 (4 critical, 1 other life-threatening)
PerpetratorKhalid Masood
On 22 March 2017, a terrorist attack took place in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster in London, seat of the British Parliament. The attacker, 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood, drove a car into pedestrians on the pavement along the south side of Westminster Bridge and Bridge Street, injuring more than 50 people, four of them fatally.
After the car crashed into the perimeter fence of the Palace grounds, Masood abandoned it and ran into New Palace Yard where he fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer. He was then shot by an armed police officer and died at the scene. The attack lasted 82 seconds. Police treated the attack as "Islamist-related terrorism". Islamic State claimed the attacker answered its calls to target citizens of states that are fighting against it, though their claim was disputed. Police later said that they had not determined his motive and had found no link with a terrorist organisation so far.

Background[edit]

Prior to the attack, the UK Threat Level for terrorism in the country was listed at "severe", meaning an attack was "highly likely".[1][2] There had not been a murder at the Palace of Westminster since the assassination of Airey Neave by the Irish National Liberation Army in 1979, which took place close to New Palace Yard, during the Northern Ireland conflict.[3]
The last terrorist attack to have caused multiple casualties on the British mainland had been the 7 July 2005 London bombings.
Shortly before the attack, a division (vote) had been called in the House of Commons.[4]

Attack[edit]


Each stage of the attack and Masood's route through Westminster
Westminster Bridge, Bridge Street and the Palace of Westminster, the main locations where the attack took place
New Palace Yard, where the knife attack and shooting by police took place
At 14:40 Greenwich Mean Time (UTC) on 22 March 2017,[5] a grey Hyundai Tucson,[6][7][8][9], hired in Birmingham,[6] was driven at up to 76 miles per hour (122 km/h)[10] into pedestrians along the pavement on the south side of Westminster Bridge and Bridge Street, causing multiple casualties.[11][12]
One of the victims, a Romanian tourist, was thrown by the car's impact over the parapet of the bridge into the River Thames below. Having been knocked unconscious and sustained severe injuries from the fall, she was later rescued by the crew of a river cruise and brought aboard a London Fire Brigade boat.[7] She later died in hospital from her injuries.[13] The car continued, and crashed into railings on Bridge Street at the north perimeter of the Palace of Westminster.[14]
Masood, wearing black clothes, got out of the car and ran around the corner into Parliament Square and through the open Carriage Gates where he fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer, PC Keith Palmer. An armed police officer, believed to have been the Metropolitan Police close protection officer for Michael Fallon,[15] the Secretary of State for Defence, witnessed the stabbing, ran towards the scene and shot Masood dead.[15][16][17] The entire attack, from start to finish, lasted 82 seconds.[5]
Despite attempts to resuscitate him, Masood died at the scene from a single gunshot wound to his chest,[18][19][20] he was pronounced dead at 15:35 at hospital.[21] Passers-by including Tobias Ellwood MP—the Foreign Minister for the Middle East and Africa—and paramedics attempted to revive PC Palmer, also without success.[22][20] Police later confirmed that PC Palmer had been wearing a protective vest, which did not appear to have been punctured in the attack.[23]

Aftermath[edit]

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, who was in the Commons for a vote, was evacuated by her security team in the Prime Ministerial car,[24] and taken to 10 Downing Street.[25]
Additional armed police officers arrived.[26] An air ambulance from London HEMS attended the scene, landing in Parliament Square.[27] Parliament was suspended and MPs remained in the Commons debating chamber as a precaution.[28] Parliamentary staff were confined to their offices; journalists and visitors to Parliament were not permitted to leave the building. Some were later evacuated to Westminster Abbey.[16]
The Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales also suspended their proceedings that afternoon.[29][30] The UK government's emergency Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBRA) committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, met in response to the attack.[17] It was decided there was no need for the threat level to be raised as a result of the attack.[26]

Casualties[edit]

Reported casualties by nationality
NationalityDeadInjured
British[31]4[a]11
American[31]11
Romanian[32]11
South Korean[31]06
French[33]03
Greek[31]02
Italian[34][35]02
Australian[36]01
Chinese[37]01
Irish[31]01
Polish[31]01
Portuguese[38]01
Not yet confirmed[31][16]018
Total[31]6[a]49
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Fatalities[edit]

Six people, including the attacker, died as a result of the incident, and around 50 others were injured, some of them severely. Of the five people killed by the attacker, three were British nationals.[12][16] Aysha Frade, a British teacher, believed to have been walking along the bridge to pick up her children from school, was struck by the attacker's car and killed.[39] A tourist from the United States, Kurt Cochran, was also hit by the car and died.[16] Cochran was visiting London from Utah to celebrate his 25th anniversary with his wife Melissa, who is among the injured.[40] The police officer killed was PC Keith Palmer, 48, an unarmed police officer who was on duty with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection command.[41][42] Palmer had 15 years of experience in the Metropolitan Police Service.[19]
The fourth victim was Leslie Rhodes, 75, from Clapham in south-west London, who was hit by the car and later died in hospital after his life support was switched off.[43][44] A fifth victim, Andreea Cristea, a 31-year-old tourist from Romania, fell into the Thames during the attack; she died in hospital as a result of her injuries on 6 April after her life support was withdrawn. Her Romanian boyfriend, who had planned to propose marriage during their trip to London, was also injured during the attack.[45][32]

Injuries[edit]

A dozen people received serious injuries, some described as "catastrophic",[17] and eight others were treated for less serious injuries at the scene.[20] Injured members of the public were taken to St Thomas' Hospital, which is located immediately across Westminster Bridge in Lambeth, and to King's College Hospital (which declared a 'major incident' in its designated trauma centre), St Mary's Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.[16][20] A group of French students aged 15–16, from Concarneau in Brittany, were among those injured;[16][46] others included three police officers who were returning from a commendation ceremony, four students from Edge Hill University in Lancashire, and the deceased American's wife.[16][20]

Attacker[edit]

The attacker was identified by the Metropolitan Police as 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood.[47] He was born Adrian Russell Elms, but later changed the name to Adrian Russell Ajao when he took the name of his stepfather.[48][49][50] He changed his name to Khalid Masood after he converted to Islam. Police said he also used several other aliases, including Khalid Choudry.[48][51]
Born in Kent, Masood was brought up in Rye, East Sussex, and later attended secondary school in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Most recently he was living in the West Midlands.[52] When he was 16 he dropped out of school and by 18 he was described as a heavy cocaine user.[53] In 2000 he was sentenced to two years in prison for grievous bodily harm after a knife attack in a public house in Northiam in Sussex. In 2003 he was sentenced to a further six months in prison for possession of an offensive weapon following another knife attack in Eastbourne in Sussex.[54][55] As well as these two prison terms, Masood had convictions for public order offences going back to 1983.[54][55]
He converted to Islam and changed his name to Khalid Masood in 2005. Some media reports have suggested that he converted to Islam while in prison and became radicalised there, but police found no evidence that he was radicalised in prison.[56][57]
A British newspaper obtained a CV of Masood's in which he described himself as having taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006, and again from April 2008 to April 2009.[58][59] After this, according to the CV he returned to the United Kingdom and worked at a TEFL college in Luton.[60] In early March 2015, he made a brief trip to Saudi Arabia on an Umrah visa, normally issued to those making a pilgrimage to Mecca.[49][59] During his time in Saudi Arabia he was not recorded as having a criminal record there.[59]
In 2010, Masood was investigated by MI5 for "violent extremism".[61] This was reportedly due to alleged links with a group of Islamists later convicted of plotting to bomb a Territorial Army base in Luton. He was described as "a peripheral figure" and, following a risk assessment, MI5 decided he did not pose a threat.[62] [63] The Metropolitan Police said he was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.[64] He had not been convicted of any terrorism offences.[65]
Farasat Latif, director of the language school in Luton where Masood taught between 2010 and 2012, told The Guardian that when Masood lived in Luton he was apolitical and not aligned with the younger and predominantly Asian local radical Islamist group al Muhajiroun, on several occasions even disrupting their street stalls. Although aware of violence in Masood's past, Latif had only seen him become angry once, when Masood learnt of plans for a march by the English Defence League through Luton.[66]
Masood spent the night before the attack at the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton in Sussex and was described as "laughing and joking" by the manager there.[67]
Masood's profile was atypical in that most jihadi terrorists are under 30, while he was 52.[68][69]

Motive[edit]

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The first media and public briefing from the Metropolitan Police Service, provided by Commander Ben-Julian Harrington at New Scotland Yard following the attack
On 22 March, the day of the attack, the Metropolitan Police said it believed the attack was inspired by "international terrorism"[70][71] and that they were working under the assumption that it was "Islamist-related terrorism".[72][73][74] On 23 March, the Islamic State-associated Amaq News Agency announced that the attacker was "a soldier of the Islamic State, executing the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations".[75] The Home SecretaryAmber Rudd, cast doubts on this claim.[76] Analysts monitoring Islamic State online said the claim appeared to be an effort to mask its losses in Iraq and Syria, adding that the lack of biographical information on the attacker and lack of specifics about the attack suggested it was not directly involved. However, they added that Islamic State is also careful in claiming attacks, as it wishes to be seen as credible. Before claiming attacks it has not directly ordered, Islamic State checks whether the attacker has been in contact with its members.[77]
Describing Masood as a "terrorist",[78] the Metropolitan Police said it was investigating whether he was a lone actor inspired by terrorist propaganda or was being directed by others.[79] On 25 March Neil Basu, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Senior National Coordinator for UK Counter-Terrorism Policing, announced that investigators believed Masood acted alone, adding: "there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this".[80] On 27 March, Basu announced that Masood clearly had an interest in jihad, that his methods echoed the rhetoric of Islamic State leaders and that investigators have found no evidence he was linked with it or al-Qaeda.[81][62]

Initial reports[edit]

Some early reports gave descriptions of two supposed attackers, one described as a "bald white man" and another as a "black man with goatee beard".[16] On the morning after the attack, however, Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan Police's Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, stated that the police believed the attacker acted alone.[70] Abu Izzadeen was also erroneously identified as the attacker on social media, Channel 4 News and The Independent shortly after the attack, although Izzadeen was actually in prison at the time.[82] In April 2017, OFCOM announced an investigation into the Channel 4 News naming of Izzadeen.[83]

Investigation[edit]


Police and media outside the Hagley Road premises that were raided on 22 March, seen on the morning following the raid
At 23:00 on 22 March, West Midlands Police raided a flat in Hagley Road, Birmingham. By the morning of 23 March, six locations in East London and Birmingham had been raided resulting in the arrests of eight people on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.[16][47][84]Officials also carried out searches in London, Brighton and Carmarthenshire.[85][47] The investigation was named Operation Classific. By 24 March, three further arrests had taken place, two men overnight in the West Midlands and North West England and a woman during the day in Manchester.[86] A woman, arrested earlier in East London, was released on bail.[87] Later on 24 March, seven of those initially arrested were released without further action and the woman arrested in Manchester was released on bail.[88][19][49]
By 25 March, only one man from Birmingham remained in custody and the woman on bail from East London had been removed from police enquiries. Up to that point in the investigation, 2,700 items had been seized and 3,500 witnesses had been contacted.[5] A further arrest was made in Birmingham on 26 March.[89] By 1 April, all 12 suspects arrested after the attack had been released without charge.[90]

Inquests[edit]

Inquests for the dead victims were opened and adjourned on 29 March, and into Masood's death the following day,[21] both under the Senior Coroner for Westminster, Dr Fiona Wilcox.[21]

Reactions[edit]


Floral tributes left in Parliament Square following the attack
Reactions to the attack expressed shock and outrage, and characterised it as an attack against liberty, freedom of speech, and democracy.[91][92]

Domestic[edit]

Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords resumed their normal functions on 23 March, the day after the attack.[19] A one-minute silence in honour of the dead was observed in Parliament, and by London's emergency services, at 09:33. The time was selected to coincide with the start of the day's official parliamentary business.[93][74] In the morning session of parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May said that, "Yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy, but today we meet as normal ... to deliver a simple message: We are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism."[93][74] The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, described the attack as "an appalling atrocity".[93][74] The speakers of both Houses of Parliament jointly offered sympathy to those affected, and thanked the emergency services.[94]The Scottish Parliament suspended the day's proceedings, including a debate on a second independence referendum.[95] Some MSPs who opposed the decision to suspend parliament said that doing so was "giving in to terrorism".[96]
On 23 March, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith leaders met officers at Scotland Yard to discuss responses to the attack.[97] Muslim groups, including the Muslim Council of Britain,[20] Ahmadi Muslims UK,[98] and individual mosques across the country condemned the attack.[97] That evening, there was a public candlelit vigil in Trafalgar Square to honour victims of the attack. It was led by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd and the Acting Metropolitan Commissioner Craig Mackey and attended by leaders of different faiths.[99][100]
Candlelit vigil in Trafalgar Square 23 March
Candlelit vigil in Trafalgar Square on 23 March
The Metropolitan Police honoured PC Palmer by retiring his shoulder number 4157U; Charlton Athletic F.C. announced that his season ticket seat at the Valley would not be occupied at the club's next home game, but would instead have a club scarf placed over it as a mark of respect.[101] A JustGiving fund was set up, with the target of raising £100,000 for his family, a goal attained in less than 24 hours.[65] A group called "Muslims United for London" also raised over £29,000 to support victims and victims' families, releasing a statement saying, "The British Muslim community stands with the community during these difficult times".[102][103][104] Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced that PC Palmer would be remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum's UK Police Memorial in Staffordshire.[105]
On 24 March, Prince Charles visited victims of the attack at King's College Hospital;[106] Tobias Ellwood was appointed to the Privy Council for his role in rendering aid to PC Palmer, as was security minister Ben Wallace MP, who helped coordinate the government response.[107]
On 26 March, in an event organised by Women's March On London, roughly 100 women, including many Muslims, joined hands to form a chain along Westminster Bridge and stood in silence for five minutes to pay tribute to the victims of the attack.[108][109][110] Amber Rudd appeared on BBC's The Andrew Marr Show to call for government backdoor access to encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp, which Masood may have used to send a message shortly before the attack. She announced a meeting with similar technology industry leaders for 30 March, where she would persuade them to voluntarily cooperate with the government. She refused to rule out passing new legislation to this end if the companies do not comply.[111]
Prince William laid a wreath at the Arboretum in honour of PC Palmer on 29 March.[112]

International[edit]

In addition to the expressions of shock, support, solidarity and sympathy offered by many national governments and heads of state,[a] the United Nations Security Council observed a minute of silence at its morning meeting on 23 March.[152][153] The attack was denounced by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.[142][136]
On the evening of the attack, the Brandenburg Gate in Germany and Tel Aviv City Hall in Israel were illuminated with the Union Jack.[154] At midnight that evening, the Eiffel Tower's lights were switched off to honour those killed in the London attack.[155] On 23 March, Jean-Marc Ayrault, France's Minister of Foreign Affairs, came to London, where he first visited the hospital where three French high school students injured in the attack were being treated and later attended the morning session in the House of Commons.[156][157]

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Notes[edit]

  1. Jump up^ These included the governments and heads of state of: Algeria,[113] Argentina,[114] Armenia,[115] Australia,[116] Canada,[117] China,[118]Colombia,[119] Czech Republic,[120] Denmark,[121] East Timor,[122] Egypt,[123] Finland,[124] France,[19] Germany,[125] Hungary,[126]India,[127] Indonesia,[128] Iran,[129][130] Ireland,[131] Israel,[132] Italy,[133] Japan,[134][135] Jordan,[136] Laos,[137] Malaysia,[138] the Netherlands,[139] New Zealand,[118] Pakistan,[140] Philippines,[141] Poland,[142] Romania,[143] Russia,[144] Saudi Arabia,[136]Singapore,[145] South Korea,[146] Spain,[142] Sweden,[147] Thailand,[148] Tunisia,[149] Turkey,[144] Ukraine,[150] the United States[142] and Vietnam.[151]

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scotland yard: “We must all accept that there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this. That understanding may have died with him.”

It is continuing to look at whether Masood was prompted by online propaganda by Islamic State, which has claimed he was a “soldier”, or whether he had some other sense of grievance.

But deputy assistant Metropolitan police commissioner Neil Basu said: “We still believe that Masood acted alone on the day and there is no information or intelligence to suggest there are further attacks planned.”


security services do not like the term “lone wolf”, feeling that it glamorises an attacker, and instead prefer “lone actor”.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/25/westminster-attack-khalid-masoon-acted-alone


Police are investigating media reports that Masood checked his encrypted messaging service WhatsApp – or even sent a message – just before the attack, which hinted at others being involved. The police statement confirming that he was a lone actor does not appear to support suggestions that he had been in touch with an accomplice.


London Parliament attack: what we know so far - Vox
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3/23/2017  He said the man was thought to be inspired by Islamist-related international terrorism. ...

London Parliament Attack: British Spies Warned Terrorism Was 'Highly ...
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16 hours ago - Britain's MI5 domestic intelligence agency warned that a terrorist ... London Parliament attack: British Spies Warned Terrorism Was 'Highly Likely' ... He said that terrorism — particularly fromISIS — posed the most ... According to MI5, "Adebolajo was known to have a history of involvement withIslamist October, MI5 Director General Andrew Parker said that British spies had foiled 12 attempted terrorist attacks on the U.K. since June 2013, according to NBC News' partner ITV News.

He said that terrorism — particularly from ISIS — posed the most visible security threat to Britain today.  only been two attacks carried out in the U.K. since 2005.

A coordinated attack on London's transport system killed 52 people on July 7, 2005. The leader of the so-called 7/7 group, Mohammad Sidique Khan, had undergone terrorist training in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

According to MI5, "the individuals in these plots were all supported and directed by al Qaeda and more specifically by British national Rashid Rauf, who was head of al Qaeda's external operations at the time."

In May 2013, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale attacked and killed off-duty soldier Fusilier Drummer Lee Rigby near the Royal Artillery Barracks in the Woolwich area of London

The men ran over Rigby with their car

Westminster attacker was British born and known to MI5, says May
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1 hour ago - Terror attack on UK Parliament Day 2 — Live ... Mrs May said the “working assumption” was that the attacker was “inspired by Islamist ideology”. ... It also bore similarities to the attack in Nice last year, claimed by Isis, when a ...

London terror attack live coverage Westminster: victims named, police ...
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25 mins ago - The attacker was British born and was once investigated by MI5 in ... Westminster attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology, Theresa May tells ... British Prime Minister Theresa May is currently addressing the British Parliament. ..... of the some of the ISIS inspired terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere.
Parliament terror attack celebrated by ISIS as revenge for airstrikes in ...
https://www.thesun.co.uk/.../isis-supporters-gleefully-celebrate-parliament-terror-attack-t...18 hours ago - 3) #ISIS supporters online celebrating #London #Parliament attack as "blood with blood" & revenge for #UK strikes in #Mosul. pic.twitter.com/ ...

London terror attack near the UK Parliament: What we know now
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19 hours ago - London terror attack near the UK Parliament: What we know now ... She said the man was British-born and had been investigated by MI5, the domestic ... ISIS claimed responsibility for theattacks in France and Belgium.

U.K. Parliament Attack Carried Out by British-Born Man Known to Intelligence
New York Times · 8 mins ago

London attack: Theresa May says Westminster assailant was British-born and known to MI5 – live

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London attacker was British-born, had been investigated for 'extremism'
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U.K. Parliament Attack Carried Out by British-Born Man Known to ...
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UK parliament attacker British-born, had been investigated over ...
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8 mins ago - The attacker who killed three people near the British parliament before being shot dead was British-born and was once investigated by MI5 ...

London Parliament Attacker Was British-Born, Had Been Investigated ...
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4 mins ago - LONDON — The knife-wielding terrorist who killed three people outside the U.K. Parliamentwas British-born and was once investigated by ...

London attack: Theresa May says Westminster assailant was British ...
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2 mins ago - May said that attacker was a British-born man who had been investigated in ... in Ormskirk on the first day of a two-day field trip to Parliament.

London terror attack: Live updates as Prime Minister reveals British ...
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London attacks: Attacker was British-born, known to security services ...
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1 hour ago - LONDON (REUTERS, AFP) - The man who launched Wednesday's deadly attack atparliament was born in Britain and known to the ...

London attack: British-born attacker 'known to MI5' - BBC News
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43 mins ago - Media captionWitnesses describe how the attack near the Houses of Parliamentunfolded. The Westminster attacker was British-born and ...

Before Parliament violence, other attacks on Britain - ABC News
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/parliament-violence-attacks-britain-4630448617 hours ago - Before Parliament violence, other attacks on Britain. ... Two British-born, al-Qaida-inspired extremists stabbed off-duty soldier Lee Rigby to ...

London terror attack live coverage Westminster: victims name
3/23/2017  NPR says man has been identified, but name not released. Pundit says 4 of the last major attacks in europe have been claimed by ISIS and British says attack was inspired by ISIS style Islamist ideology. Says lone wolf with knife was used at Ohio State University and St Cloud mall attack. (neither was called a terrorist attack by Obama administration)



Abu Izzadeen: Man behind London terror attack called for murder of police and politicians

The Independent ·

The Independent · 10 mins ago

Westminster terror suspect revealed: Who is Abu Izzadeen?
IBTimes UK 

Rym Momtaz ريم ممتاز
(@RymMomtaz)

Trevor Brooks aka Abu Izzadeen's solicitor confirms to me that he is still in jail and cld not have been the attacker today at #Westminster


Hayley Barlow
(@Hayley_Barlow)

“It may be that we’re not as certain about identity of the attacker as we thought” @simonisrael on naming Abu Izzadeen as alleged attacker
13 mins ago · Twitter

Breaking911
(@Breaking911)

Suspected London Terrorist Named As Hate preacher Abu Izzadeen (Trevor Brooks). (@LaStampa) pic.twitter.com/OZfSejA…
2 hours ago · Twitter

Duncan Gardham
(@DuncanGardham)

Westminster attacker is not Trevor Brooks aka Abu Izzadeen. He is back in jail after breaching his license conditions.
10 mins ago · Twitter

New York Post
(@nypost)

BREAKING: The terrorist behind the London rampage was identified as Abu Izzadeen, a radical Muslim cleric…pic.twitter.com/dqcsQFi…
12 mins ago · Twitter

Aric Toler
(@AricToler)

Aaaaaand Simon Israel on Channel 4 just retracted their identification of Izzadeen as the attacker. pic.twitter.com/1qvFqQA…
17 mins ago · Twitter

Chris Hemmings
(@Hemmch)

I've just spoken to the lawyer of Abu Izadeen aka Trevor Brooks Told me: "The last contact we had was the 8th January 2016 in court"
4 mins ago · Twitter

Andrew Neil
(@afneil)

Well, how does Channel 4 News square this: Trevor Brooks aka Abu Izzadeen's solicitor says he's still in jail!!
31 mins ago · Twitter

Abu Izzadeen - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Izzadeen
Abu Izzadeen was a British spokesman for Al Ghurabaa, a British Muslim organisation banned under the Terrorism Act 2006 for the glorification of terrorism.

Confusion Over Identity Of London Terrorism Suspect, As Previously ...
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1 hour ago - It appears that press reports were wrong, because according to the BBC, Trevor Brooks akaAbu Izzadeen is still in prison. Which obviously ...

Abu Izzadeen: Man 'behind London terror attack' called for murder of ...
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11 mins ago - Video shows moment police open fire on London terror attack 'suspect' ... Abu Izzadeen, who was born Trevor Brooks, has been named in reports as the man who drove a car into the Houses of Parliament and attempted to attack police officers. ... But Izzadeen was born in Hackney in east ...

Abu Izzadeen: London attack suspect 'named' | The Independent
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10 mins ago - The terror suspect believed to have carried out the Westminster attack has been named as Abu Izzadeen, formerly known as Trevor Brooks, ...

Abu Izzadeen | Counter Extremism Project
www.counterextremism.com/extremists/abu-izzadeen
Abu Izzadeen is an Islamist propagandist and radical cleric who has been imprisoned in the United Kingdom for inciting and fundraising for terrorism* and for ...

REPORTS: Trevor Brooks, aka Abu Izzadeen, Behind Attack on UK ...
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1 hour ago - BREAKING UPDATE: Reports name the Westminster terrorist suspect as hate preacher Abu Izzadeen (Trevor Brooks) from Clapton in Hackney ...

London terror attack: Who is he? | Newshub
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15 mins ago - The man believed to behind this morning's London terror attack is Abu Izzadeen, a hate preacher from London. The alleged attacker has died ..

UK Parliament terror attack: Two people killed, cop stabbed -- more than a dozen injured
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London terror attack in Parliament: what we know happened today
Reports emerge of gunfire outside the Houses of Parliament. 2:47pm …
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Westminster attack: 'Terrorist incident' outside UK parliament
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Mainstream press is not linking attack to Islamists

Is ISIS Behind the Terrorist Attack on Parliament in London Today?
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50 Grains of Gari
(@Blick_Oyinbo)

Daily Mail right now trying to link the Westminster Parliament attack to Islam pic.twitter.com/10H2UdQ…
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Three things: - Don't tweet images of victims - Don't rush to judgement about who's to blame - Don't blame a group in society

Riya sharma
(@riyasharma266)

We all know what rules we have to follow after every Islamic terrorist attacks 👇 #londonattack London Parliament pic.twitter.com/KELAmTU…
48 mins ago · Twitter
Zanting
(@Zanting)

⚠️ #BREAKING: British Parliament attack appears to have been carried out by an Islamic terrorist — seen being taken [black man with muslim style beard]…pic.twitter.com/JmCqt5f…
44 mins ago · Twitter
McQ
(@cultcommoncore)

THIS is the "Asian" who attacked the #Parliament in #London. Call the enemy who they are. Radical Islamic TERRORIST…pic.twitter.com/pZQsoRm…
20 mins ago · Twitter

Ed Fertik
(@EddieFonRadio)

As @CNN applauds 9th circuit court here, London in chaos from Islamic terror attack, Parliament in Lockdown.
30 mins ago · Twitter

Burt Zerker
(@BurtZerker)

"UK Parliament Shooting" -vs- Deadly Islamic Attack twitter.com/france24_en…
32 mins ago · Twitter

LIVE: Police officer stabbed, at least dozen injured, after UK Parliament shooting
  1. "There is an ongoing investigation being led by the counter-terrorism command"
    A briefing by the Metropolitan Police Commander
  2. Reports that two assailants may have been involved in the London attack.
Contrarian Gent
(@ContrarianGent)

So Parliament is trending at number six. Chuck Barris at 3? After an Islamic attack? Get out of here. pic.twitter.com/CQfoxdG…
33 mins ago · Twitter

Andy_Wirral
(@Andy_Wirral)

Is anyone shocked by this #Parliament attack? No! Just another day living cheek by cheek with #Islam. Wonder when the next one will be.
34 mins ago · Twitter

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 summary of the latest development from today's London terrorist attack, which has taken place on the one year anniversary of the March 2016 Brussels Massacre:
  • An SUV drove over Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians this afternoon killing at least two people in the process according to Sky News, while many others suffereing catastrophic injuries
  • Victims were said to have been left scattered in the road, with some reportedly floating in the River Thames
  • A knifeman, described as 'middle-aged and Asian'  then got into the grounds of Parliament where he reportedly stabbed a police officer
  • He as then shot by armed officers as the area was cleared by emergency services
  • According to a Scotland yard conference, there are numerous casualties, including police officers;
  • The London police requests the public to avoid the area around parliament and nearby bridges.
  • Parliament was suspended and the Prime Minister was rushed from the scene in an unmarked police car
  • As SkyNews summarizes the chaotis sequence of events, the attacker drove into people on Westminster bridge, drove to Parliament Square, stabbed police officer and was shot by police
According to the UK's Mirror, the following is a photo of the moment the Parliament terror attack suspect is wheeled into an ambulance after being shot by police. The man, who was said to be "Asian, and middle-aged" in appearance, entered the grounds of the Houses of Parliament and stabbed a policeman just after 2.30pm this afternoon.
This is what is believed to be the series of events this afternoon where a knife attacker drove into pedestrians before he was shot 
It is  believed this was the series of events this afternoon where a knife attacker drove into pedestrians before he was shot
As the Daily Mail reports, a terror attacker brought carnage to central London today by mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and attacking police with a knife in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament. More than 12 people are said to have been hit by a car on the bridge after a vehicle
described as a '4x4' drove into pedestrians and cyclists, with at least one woman reportedly killed.

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2 hours ago - Makes no sense- why would muslims attack Parliament? Hasn't Parliament been largely supportive of immigrant muslim “rights”? There must ...