MET Police have correctly named the suspect in yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster as 52-year-old Khalid Masood who was known to authorities for previous crimes unrelated to terrorism.
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Yesterday the BBC channel 4 jumped the gun and incorrectly named the suspect as a “hate preacher” “Abu Izzadeen” that statement was then retracted after they found out that Izzadeen was in jail.
Today the Scotland Yard formally announced the man’s identity and noted, “there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.”
Scotland Yard investigators also said that Masood had a number of different aliases that he used nd believed that he was born in Kent, but most recently lived in the West Midlands.
He also had a “range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses,” a MET statement said.
His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage, and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife.
So far three out of the five victims killed by Masood have been named.
U.S. tourist Kurt Cochran, college worker Aysha Frade and police officer PC Keith Palmer were killed when the man used his vehicle as a battering ram and then proceeded to get out stabbing and injuring 30 others.