New details emerge about the terrorist who killed multiple people–including a police officer–and injured 29 in the deadly attack outside of the British Parliament on Wednesday.
The “lone wolf” killer was identified by police to be a 52-year-old married father-of-three named Khalid Masood.
He was a former English teacher and a religious convert, according to Sky News. He reportedly is also known by a number of aliases and it is believed that Khalid Masood was not his birth name.
The Daily Mail reports that he was living in the Birmingham area and has a long criminal record. While he was previously convicted of assault and a range of other crimes including possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses, police are insisting there was no intelligence suggesting he was about to unleash a terror attack.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said this afternoon that Masood was also known by a number of aliases. He was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.
The spokesman added that Masood’s first conviction occurred in November 1983, and his most recent conviction was in December 2003 when he stabbed a man in the nose.
British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons on Thursday that Masood was once probed by MI5 in relation to concerns about religious extremism. May added that police believe the attacker acted alone and there is no reason to believe “imminent further attacks” are planned.
On Thursday, authorities announced the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the assault and said the attacker was a “soldier” of the terror group who carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition of countries fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
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