Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Westminster attack was over in just 82 seconds


Daesh terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling the attacker one of its "soldiers".

Masood drove his rented SUV across London's crowded Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, striking pedestrians.

Since the night of the attack on Westminster police have raided homes across the United Kingdom and arrested people on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

Investigators do not now see a direct ISIS hand in this week's attack in London, a British counterterrorism official told CNN on Saturday.

Basu added that the police still need "to establish with absolute clarity why he did these unspeakable acts", stressing that the reasons behind the attack "may have died with him [the attacker]".

Police are appealing for anyone who knew Masood to come forward as they investigate whether he acted "totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda", or whether he was encouraged, supported or directed by others to carry out the atrocity.

Before taking the name Masood, he was known as Adrian Elms. Two people are now in a critical condition - one with life-threatening injuries.

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The 52-year-old attacker was shot dead after killing four people when he drove his vehicle into pedestrians before stabbing a police officer.

In a statement late Saturday, the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command revealed that 82 seconds passed from the moment on March 22 when Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians and then exited the vehicle to attack police with a knife, until the moment he was shot dead by officers.

Two women, aged 21 and 26 years old, and four men aged between 23 and 28 years old, respectively, were arrested in Birmingham and released with no further police action. Nine people arrested after the assault have been freed without charges and one has been freed on bail.

Britain's most senior counter-terror police officer, Mark Rowley, described the inquiry as "very large and fast-paced", and announced two "significant arrests" Friday. His last conviction came 14 years ago in December 2003 for possession of a knife.He may have taught in Saudi Arabia for four years from 2005 but there was no confirmation of this.

"Whilst the attack lasted only 82 seconds it will remain in the memories of many forever", Basu said.

Police have been searching an address in Birmingham's Winson Green area where Masood is thought to have been living. The six were also held on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts. They were a man, 27, arrested in Birmingham and a woman, 39, arrested in east London. He was named by Rowley as Leslie Rhodes, from Streatham in south London.

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