[09:23, 3/24/2017] Gubi is the b name: Mourners fill Trafalgar Square after police identify
British man who killed four people near parliament.
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Thousands of mourners have filled Trafalgar Square for a
vigil for the victims killed in Wednesday’s car-and-knife
attack in the heart of London.
MPs and members of the Metropolitan Police were among
those who held lit candles in honour of the victims on
Thursday.
Police raised the death toll from the attack to five after the
death of a 75-year-old.
“Those evil and twisted individuals who tried to destroy
our shared way of life will never succeed and we condemn
them,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said in an address to the crowd.
“London is a great city full of amazing people from all
backgrounds and when Londoners face adversity we
always pull together. We stand up for our values and we
show the world we are the greatest city in the world,” he
said.
Police have identified the assailant in the attack as Khalid
Masood, 52, who was born in Kent, southeast England.
[09:25, 3/24/2017] Gubi is the b name: Masood drove into pedestrians who were on the
Westminster Bridge before being shot dead by police after
fatally stabbing Police Constable Keith Palmer.
[09:26, 3/24/2017] Gubi is the b name: Twenty-nine people injured in the attack are still being
treated at the hospital. Seven are in a critical condition.
Police said Masood had a string of criminal convictions
and had been most recently living in central England.
“Masood was not the subject of any current investigations
and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to
mount a terrorist attack,” a police statement said.
“However, he was known to police and has a range of
previous convictions for assaults, including GBH [grievous
bodily harm], possession of offensive weapons and public
order offences.”
He had not been convicted previously for any terrorism
offences, it said.
In a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday,
Prime Minister Theresa May said Masood was once
investigated by intelligence officers over concerns of
“violent extremism”.
“He was a peripheral figure,” she said. “The case is
historic, he was not part of the current intelligence
picture.”
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group
claimed responsibility on Thursday for the attack. It said
on its Amaq website the attacker “carried out the
operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of the
coalition” of countries fighting ISIL in Syria and Iraq .
It was not possible for Al Jazeera to independently confirm
the claim, which did not offer any details of the attack or
name Masood, casting doubt on whether there is any
direct link between ISIL and the London killings.
[09:27, 3/24/2017] Gubi is the b name: Joseph Downing, from the London School of Economics,
expressed scepticism over ISIL’s claim.
London attacker named by police as Khalid Masood
“To me this is something quite common over the last
couple of years, over the terrorist attacks in Europe, that
ISIL jumps on the bandwagon in the most horrific way and
says ‘yeah, this our soldier’, when there’s actually no link
between the person carrying out the attack and any
particular group,” he told Al Jazeera.
Police said eight people had been arrested after raids on
six homes in London, Birmingham and other parts of the
country in their investigation into the attack.
Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Phillips, reporting from London, said:
“The absolute priority of the police at this point in time
would be to know what sort of accomplices, if any, the
assailant had. What sort of assistance, if any, did the
assailant have and whether he belonged to any sort of
network.”
May said those wounded in the attack included 12 Britons,
three French children, two Romanians, four South
Koreans, two Greeks, and one each from Germany,
Poland, Ireland, China, Italy and the United States.
Three police officers were also wounded.
The last major attack to hit London was in July 2005,
when a coordinated series of bomb blasts targeted its
public transportation system during rush hour. The
bombings killed 52 people and wounded more than 700
others.

Those who were killed during the attack

1.     Kurt W Cochran from, US was on the last day of a European trip celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary when he was killed on Westminster Bridge. His wife was seriously injured and remains in hospital.

2.     Aysha Frade, a British citizen whose mother is Spanish, was also killed on the bridge.

3.     Police officer Keith Palmer, 48, was on duty protecting parliament when he was stabbed to death

4.     A 75 year old man who had been receiving medical treatment following the attack had life support withdrawn on Thursday evening.

5.     Attacker Khalid Masood, 52 was shot dead by police

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