Khalid Masood: British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

Khalid Masood: British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attackKhalid Masood: British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

The Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was born Adrian Russell Ajao but took on a number of aliases before his murderous rampage targeting Britain’s parliament this week.

The 52-year-old man had a lengthy rap sheet but no known prior terrorism convictions, police said. He was shot by officers shortly after the attack and later died.

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“Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Masood was a British-born man who had a “range” of previous convictions for assault, possession of offensive weapons and other offenses, the statement said.

His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage; his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife, police said.

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Police say Masood plowed his car into a crowd on the iconic Westminster Bridge on Wednesday before he fatally stabbed a police officer outside Parliament.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its Aamaq News Agency and called the assailant, who was shot dead by police, a “soldier of the Islamic State.”

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The claim couldn’t immediately be verified.

 

 

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