British authorities have named Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British-born man, as the terrorist who ran down innocent pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and killed Policeman Keith Palmer.
According to The Sun, Masood was a former English teacher who converted to Islam. Masood was born in Kent county in the southeast of England. His recent location was the West Midlands, in central England.
Masood had been previously convicted of assaults, offences against public order, and possession of offensive weapons. One of Masood’s convictions was for Grievous Bodily Harm.
Masood had used several aliases in the past, including Khalid Choudri.
He had also been investigated previously by MI5, but was not under any investigation at the time of his attack. Authorities had previously dismissed Khalid as a “peripheral figure.”
Now, with Masood having committed the deadliest terror attack in the UK since 2005, authorities say he was motivated by “Islamic terrorism.”
ISIS claims responsibility
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, though it remains to be seen whether there was actual coordination or whether Masood simply pledged allegiance to ISIS as has happened in other attacks.
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