Is­lamic State claims at­tack; po­lice say man wasn’t on ter­ror radar

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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

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