The man behind terror attack in Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament, London on Wednesday is 52-year-old Khalid Masood who was born as Adrian Elms in Kent. Police on Thursday identified Khalid as the man who drove grey Hyundai Tucson on Westminster Bridge crashing into people and entered the grounds of the nearby New Palace Yard, where he stabbed an unarmed police officer with a knife. Masood had shown up on the periphery of previous terrorism investigations that brought him to the attention of Britain’s MI5 spy agency. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, however Masood had no previous connection of terror attacks. As per police, he had been earlier convicted for assaults, including GBH (grievous bodily harm), possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd told those gathered for a candlelit vigil in London’s Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening that terrorists “will not win”. “We are all connected and today we showed that by coming together, by going to work, by getting about our normal business, because the terrorists will not defeat us. We will defeat them,” she said.
Masood is believed to have lived at various times in Crawley, West Sussex, and Rye and Eastbourne, both in East Sussex. Car hire company Enterprise said the vehicle used in the attack had been rented from its Spring Hill depot in Birmingham. Eight people have been arrested in London and Birmingham so far on suspicion of their relation with the terror attack.
What happened on Westminster Bridge ?
Major attack occurred in London on 22 March, since 7 July 2005 London Bombings that killed 5 people and injuring at least 40 in the city of Westminster, London. A grey Hyundai Tucson on Westminster Bridge ran over people moving to parliament square hitting railings outside the Houses of Parliament. The attacker in black clothes, Khalid, exited the vehicle and entered the grounds of the nearby New Palace Yard, where he stabbed an unarmed police officer with a knife. He was shortly shot dead by other armed officers. Police believed they knew the identity of the attacker and that he was inspired by “International Terrorism“, however didn’t reveal his name then.
Westminster Bridge and Palace of Westminster were the main sites of the attack which started around 2:40 pm (local time). It sparked chaos and dozens of people fleeing the scene.