2017 Westminster Attack

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A terrorist attack took place in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster in London, seat of the British Parliament. The attacker, 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood, drove a car into pedestrians on the pavement along the south side of Westminster Bridge and Bridge Street, injuring more than 50 people, three of them fatally.

   

  After the car crashed into the perimeter fence of the Palace grounds, Masood abandoned it and ran into New Palace Yard where he fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer. He was then shot by an armed police officer and died at the scene. The attack lasted 82 seconds. Police stated Masood had an interest in jihad (a struggle or fight against the enemies of Islam, but they had found no motive nor any link with a terrorist organisation so far.

 

 Three members of the public died following the car rampage on Westminster Bridge. They were mother-of-two Aysha Frade from London, US tourist Kurt Cochran from Utah and Leslie Rhodes, 75, from Streatham, South London. Palmer and Masood also died despite attempts by paramedics to save them both.

 

 Burly body-building enthusiast, Khalid Masood, 52, was born in Dartford in Kent on Christmas Day, 1964. His mother, Janet Ajao gave birth when she was just 17 years old and brought him up as Adrian Russell Ajao. The married father-of-three spent years moving around the country – and the prison system with a host of different identities, including Adrian Elms. He was most recently based in the West Midlands and had a history of violent knife crime, converting to Islam after years of criminality.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Emergency services make their way down Westminster Bridge towards the Houses of Parliament on March 22, 2017 in London, England. A police officer has been stabbed near to the British Parliament and the alleged assailant shot by armed police. Scotland Yard report they have been called to an incident on Westminster Bridge where several people have been injured by a car. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

 Two suspects, both men, remained in custody on Friday night. Seven people have been released with no further police action. Approximately 3,500 witnesses – including 1,000 from Westminster Bridge and 2,500 from within the Parliamentary estate, have contacted police. On Thursday, car-hire firm Enterprise confirmed the Hyundai 4×4 used in the attack was one of its vehicles after an employee recognised the number plate in online photos. The car is understood to have been rented from a branch on the Stratford Road in Shirley, Solihull.

 

  Britain has not suffered a large-scale terrorist attack since July 7, 2005, when bomb attacks on subway trains and on a bus killed more than 50 people. Political violence is relatively rare in Britain, where gun ownership is stringently restricted.

 

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