Islamic State claims attack; police say man wasn’t on terror radar
london» Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism watch list.
As lawmakers returned to work a day after the rampage killed four people and injured at least 30, British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed: “We are not afraid.”
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, which police said was carried out by Khalid Masood, a U.K.-born resident of central England. Masood plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing an American man, a 75-year-old man and a British woman and injuring more than 30 people of a dozen nationalities.
He fatally stabbed a policeman inside the gates of Parliament before being shot to death by an armed officer.
Police arrested eight people on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts as authorities sought Masood’s motive and possible support network. One arrest was in London; the others were in Birmingham. AP