Intelligence and security

British born and known to MI5 – 52 year old Khalid Masood – the Westminster attacker

Attack on Westminster. Image: Met Police

Prime Minister Theresa May has told the House of Commons that the man responsible for Britain’s worst terrorist attack since 7/7 in 2005 was British born and known to the Security Service, MI5.

He’s been named as 52 year old Khalid Masood, originally from Kent but living in the Midlands.

A minute’s silence has been held in Britain at 9.33 a.m. this morning in memory of those who lost their lives and the injured casualties of the terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday afternoon.

9.33 represents the police number for PC Keith Palmer who was stabbed to death when preventing the attacker storming the House of Commons.

Two people died when the attacker drove at speed on the pavement of Westminster Bridge catapulting a woman into the River Thames.

She was rescued by the London Fire Brigade and is in a serious condition.

The attacker was shot dead by armed police officers.

He received first aid from emergency first responders.

Conservative MP James Cleverly was a close personal friend of the murdered police officer.

He had served with him in the Royal Artillery many years before.

 

Another MP Lindsay Hoyle said PC Palmer ‘died defending democracy.’

 

40 people have been injured in the attack.

They are from twelve different countries.

 

 

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