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The man responsible for the terrorist attack at Westminster has today been named by the Met police as Khalid Masood.

Masood, aged 52, was born in Kent but detectives believe he was living more recently in the West Midlands.

Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack, police say.

However, he was known to the police and had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.

His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife.

He has not however been previously convicted of any terrorism offences.

A woman from an inner-city Birmingham estate which was raided by anti-terror police has claimed the dead Westminster terrorist was her neighbour.

Factory worker Iwona Romek, who did not know the attacker’s name, described the killer as a dad who was a keen gardener and lived with his Asian wife and young child.

Romek, 45, who has lived in Quayside, Winson Green, for 12 years confirmed she knew the London terrorist when she was shown a photograph of him on the stretcher.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took to Twitter yesterday while speaking at the UN security council in New York to send a message of strength, he said: “Heartbreaking. This is not the first attack on London or our Parliament – and won’t be the last – but our values will prevail.”


He also said: “Nations around the world are pouring out their sympathies for us today. This is a fight we’re all in together.”

Met Police have also tweeted their gratitude to all those who have donated to a Memorial Fund for PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in yesterday’s attack. The donations have so far reached £100,000.

Meanwhile, the inter-faith leaders of London have gathered at Scotland Yard this afternoon in a sign of strength and togetherness.

As the investigation continues, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been laying flowers on Westminster bridge as a tribute to those killed yesterday. He also said he had signed the book of condolence for PC Keith Palmer.

 

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