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Westminster Terror Attack: Was Khalid Masood Lone Wolf?

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Khalid Masood is the terrorist who mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge killing four and injuring dozens more | MET POLICE

Detectives working on the Westminster terror attack inquiry want to know if assailant Khalid Masood was a ‘lone wolf’ and acted alone or if he was part of a terror network. He has several aliases and detectives believe he has also  been known as Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao. He may also be known by a number of other names.

Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command investigating the Westminster attack have released an image of Khalid Masood the assailant who rammed pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday (22 March) killing three and later stabbing PC Keith Palmer at one of the entrances to the Houses of Parliament.

His fourth victim has been named as Leslie Rhodes, 75, a retired window cleaner from Clapham, south London – one of three people killed by Masood’s car on Westminster Bridge. His life support machine was turned off on Thursday (23 March).

A total of 50 people were injured in Wednesday’s attack, with 31 receiving hospital treatment. Two remain in a critical condition, and one has life-threatening injuries.

The injured include Romanian Andreea Cristea, who had an operation for a blood clot on her brain after Masood’s car hit her on Westminster Bridge and knocked her into the River Thames.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley on Friday, (March 24) appealed for the public’s help. He said: “We named the dead terrorist as Khalid Masood, and as I said, our investigation focuses on understanding his motivation, preparation and his associates.

“Whilst there is no evidence of further threats you will understand our determination to find out if he either:

– Acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda;

– Or, if others have encouraged, supported or directed him;

“At this point I want to appeal specifically to the public.

“We remain keen to hear from anyone who knew Khalid Masood well; understands who his associates were; and can provide us with information about places he has recently visited

“There might well be people out there who did have concerns about Masood but weren’t sure or didn’t feel comfortable for whatever reason in passing information to us.

“I urge anyone with such information to contact us the Anti-Terrorist hotline which is 0800 789 321.”

Detectives are continuing to search a number of addresses linked to the investigation; two in Birmingham and one East London.

Searches at addresses in Brighton, south east London, east London, Surrey, Manchester, Camarthenshire and two in Birmingham have ended.

A total of 11 people have been arrested as part of the investigation, the biggest since the terror suicide bombings of July 2015.

A 39-year-old woman [A] was arrested at an address in east London on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts. She has since been released on bail until a date in late March. A 21-year-old woman [B] and a 23-year-old man [C] were arrested at an address in Birmingham.

A 26-year-old woman [D] and three men aged 28, 27 and 26 years old [E; F; G], were arrested at a separate address in Birmingham. All six [B-G] were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

All seven arrests [A-G] were made overnight on Wednesday (22 March). A 58-year-old man [H] was also arrested on the morning of Thursday, 23 March at a separate address in Birmingham on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

A 27-year-old man [I] was arrested late on Thursday (23 March) at an address in Birmingham and a 35-year-old man [J] was arrested in the early hours of Friday (24 March) at an address in Manchester.

A 32-year-old woman [K] was arrested on the morning of Friday (24 March) at a location in Manchester. All three [I-K] were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

Only two people however remain in police custody.

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