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http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-39355505

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39355940

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  1. A police officer has died after being stabbed outside the Houses of Parliament
  2. At least one other woman has died and several others are critically injured after a car hit people on Westminster Bridge in central London
  3. The alleged assailant was shot by armed police
  4. Footage on social media shows people lying injured in the road
  5. Metropolitan Police say they are treating it as a terrorist incident and buildings are in lockdown

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Sadly terrorists now have a new weapon of choice (a motor vehicle)  and it is one we can not guard against.

U.K. attacker was British-born, had been investigated for 'violent extremism'

Theresa May says Wednesday's events were 'an attack on free people everywhere'

The Associated PressPosted: Mar 23, 2017 4:21 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 23, 2017 8:11 AM ET

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  • Attacker was British-born, had been investigated by MI-5
  • Police raid 6 addresses, arrest 8
  • 4 killed, including attacker, and 40 injured

The man who killed three people including a police officer and injured 40 outside Britain's Parliament on Wednesday was British-born and had been investigated by British intelligence "some years ago," said Prime Minister Theresa May.

She said the man, who has not yet been named publicly, had been investigated by MI-5, the U.K.'s intelligence service, "in relation to concerns of violent extremism," but that he was not part of what she called the current intelligence picture, saying he was a "peripheral figure."

The assailant sped across Westminster Bridge in a car, ploughing into pedestrians along the way, then ran through the gates of the nearby Parliament building and fatally stabbed an unarmed policeman before being shot dead.

May and British police say they believe he acted alone and was "inspired by international terrorism." She said there is no reason to believe that "imminent further attacks" are planned.

She called Wednesday's events "an attack on free people everywhere."

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said there will be more armed and unarmed police officers patrolling the city in the wake of the attack. (Justin Tallis/Getty Images)

Forty people were injured and 29 remain in hospital, seven of whom are in critical condition. 

 

 

Those still in hospital include:

  • 12 Britons
  • 3 French children
  • 2 Romanians
  • 4 South Koreans
  • 1 German
  • 1 Pole
  • 1 Irish
  • 1 Chinese
  • 1 Italian
  • 1 American
  • 2 Greeks

Queen sends condolences

Westminster Bridge and the area just around Parliament were still cordoned off on Thursday morning and a line of forensic investigators in light blue coveralls were on their hands and knees, examining the scene where the attacker was shot.

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Police forensic officers work in Parliament Square outside the Houses of Parliament in London. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

Queen Elizabeth sent her condolences on Thursday to those affected by the attack.

"My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday's awful violence," she said in a statement. The Queen was due to officially open the new headquarters of London's police force on Thursday but will now do so at a later date.

Britain's Parliament this morning observed a minute of silence to mourn the victims.  

Flags at Parliament have been lowered to half-mast.

Since the attack, police have raided six addresses, including in London and Birmingham, which have resulted in eight arrests in total.

Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police, said they are continuing to investigate the attacker's "motivation, his preparation and his associates."

May and Rowley said there will be an increased police presence in the city, including armed and unarmed officers, as well as more patrols.

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Mark Rowley, acting deputy commissioner and head of counterterrorism for British Metropolitan Police, said there were no known immediate threats in the wake of Wednesday's attack, but that authorities are being vigilant. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

 

MP tried to save officer's life

The policeman has been identified as Keith Palmer, 48.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, whose brother was killed in the Bali terror attack in 2002, performed first aid on the wounded police officer, who later died. About 10 yards away lay the assailant.

"I tried to stem the flow of blood and give mouth to mouth while waiting for the medics to arrive but I think he had lost too much blood," Ellwood said. "He had multiple wounds, under the arm and in the back."

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Conservative Member of Parliament Tobias Ellwood, centre, helps emergency services attend to an injured police officer after he was attacked outside Parliament. (Stefan Rousseau/PA/Associated Press)

May praised Palmer, calling him a hero who "devoted his life to the service of his country." She said the husband and father had been a member of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command for 15 years. He had also been a soldier in the Royal Artillery. 

Details emerging about victims

Police were not to ready to publicly name the other two deceased until notification of next of kin. Those victims were identified as a woman in her 40s, and a man in his 50s.

But the Spanish Foreign Ministry says a British national whose mother is Spanish has been identified as one of the people killed.

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Police officers and forensics investigators work on Westminster Bridge Thursday morning. (Darren Staples/Reuters)

A spokesman says that Spanish consular officials made contact with Aysha Frade's relatives in Spain's northwestern region of Galicia after her identity was confirmed. He was unable to give any further details.

The regional Voz de Galicia newspaper said that Frade was 43 years old and was teaching Spanish in London.

Romanian officials say the woman who plunged into the River Thames was a Romanian tourist in London to celebrate her boyfriend's birthday.

 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ionut Valcu said Thursday that the woman fell into the Thames. It wasn't clear if she jumped or was thrown into the water by the SUV.

Romanian Ambassador Dan Mihalache told Realitatea TV late Wednesday that the woman sustained serious head injuries and has badly damaged lungs. Her boyfriend suffered a foot fracture. The pair haven't been named.

Mihalache said: "They were tourists, unfortunately they were unlucky. They had come to celebrate his birthday." He said the pair planned to wed.

 

'I was lucky,' says injured man

A 26-year-old Portuguese man was among the injured.

Francisco Lopes told Portuguese channel TVI that he heard shouts behind him as he walked across Westminster Bridge and, when he turned around, he was struck by the vehicle which had mounted the sidewalk.

He said he lost consciousness and woke up racked with pain. He sustained cuts on a knee and a hand but was released from Chelsea-Westminster hospital after treatment.

"I was lucky," said Lopes, who lives in London with his mother.

Portuguese authorities confirmed that consular officials provided assistance to Lopes.

Here is how the attack on Wednesday unfolded: 

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6 minutes ago, DEFCON said:

Multiculturalism at its worst!

Not sure that applies Defcon, the perp was native born.  So as 2nd generation he could quality as a product of the prevailing culture . 

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The guy's a born and bred Brit, which means this is no different than the many domestic massacres that have occurred in the USA and elsewhere. It's not where they're from that leads to these tragedies, it's what's in their head. Borders can't (and never will) stem the flow of radical ideologies. The message easily gets through in this 21st century connected world. 

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I agree with the sentiment JO, but the 'bred Brit' descriptor begs clarification.

There's no argument that the perp was bred in Britain, but he was raised to be a muslim / islamist, which makes him a wholly different animal than the dude that was reared to be an 'Englishman'.

   

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More on the perp:

British national whose mother is Spanish 

and from another source:

The Westminster terrorist who brought bloodshed to the heart of London has been named by police as Khalid Masood, a British-born criminal with a string of previous convictions.

After Isil claimed the attacker was a "soldier" of the terror group, Scotland Yard formally identified the 52-year-old - saying he was not the subject of any current investigations and there was "no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack".

But the man who killed three people - including a police officer - in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. He had not been convicted of any terrorism offences.

Scotland Yard said the man, shot dead by police and “responsible for the terrorist attack in Westminster” on yesterday, is 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who was born in Kent.

Police said Masood, who was born on Christmas Day 1964, was also known by a number of aliases. He had been most recently living in the West Midlands. Masood is accused of killing three innocent people in yesterday's attack.

Photographs of him being treated by paramedics emerged yesterday and showed a man of Asian appearance who sported a beard.

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49 minutes ago, DEFCON said:

I agree with the sentiment JO, but the 'bred Brit' descriptor begs clarification.

There's no argument that the perp was bred in Britain, but he was raised to be a muslim / islamist, which makes him a wholly different animal than the dude that was reared to be an 'Englishman'.

   

What were Timothy McVeigh, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Adam Lanza, Jason Dalton (I could go on and on) reared to be?

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A little more information, it seems despite his criminal records he was an English Teacher and he was not raised as a Muslim.

Reports say, Masood was an English teacher at a school and was known by various aliases. Sources told Sky’s Andy Hughes that he was also a religious convert, though it’s currently unknown when he converted.

In addition to being a teacher, Masood reportedly enjoyed spending time in the gym as a bodybuilder as a hobby. He was also married and had three children, reports say.

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Yes all, this caveman and all like him are wonderful human beings that just happened to eat something rotten recently, which turned them into 'islamic soldiers' who apparently operate on behalf of isis. 

JO, unless I missed something, the names of white Americans that have gone postal properly share space on the list with a number of other psycho killers that come from many other races. The key difference between the first group and islamists is ideology; one group is driven by racial hatred, the other by an all encompassing religious dogma that requires practitioners to separate themselves from the infidels as best as possible and then, either convert, or kill them as the opportunity presents itself.

Funny eh; westerners of every stripe are rightfully willing to instantly condemn the lunatic racist that expresses his outright hatred towards everyone & anyone that doesn't look like him, but our liberals seem ever ready to look the other way, forgive and even apologize to those who demonstrate their hate for everything our people & culture were supposed to stand for? I feel that any comparison of the two murderous factions is an apples to oranges thing and distracts us from an examination of the important big picture issues.

I maintain my opinion; this killer was raised to serve his faith and not what was the once proud culture of the English et al. Islamic attacks against the West are & will continue to increase in number, scope & consequence. As time has passed the enemy has no doubt come to appreciate the fact that a huge percentage of the infidels population no longer possess the chip that allows him to recognize and protect himself from imminent danger; we present as helpless, which leaves us open to being bullied by cowardly pretend religious zealots.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, DEFCON said:

Yes all, this caveman and all like him are wonderful human beings that just happened to eat something rotten recently, which turned them into 'islamic soldiers' who apparently operate on behalf of isis. 

JO, unless I missed something, the names of white Americans that have gone postal properly share space on the list with a number of other psycho killers that come from many other races. The key difference between the first group and islamists is ideology; one group is driven by racial hatred, the other by an all encompassing religious dogma that requires practitioners to separate themselves from the infidels as best as possible and then, either convert, or kill them as the opportunity presents itself.

Funny eh; westerners of every stripe are rightfully willing to instantly condemn the lunatic racist that expresses his outright hatred towards everyone & anyone that doesn't look like him, but our liberals seem ever ready to look the other way, forgive and even apologize to those who demonstrate their hate for everything our people & culture were supposed to stand for? I feel that any comparison of the two murderous factions is an apples to oranges thing and distracts us from an examination of the important big picture issues.

I maintain my opinion; this killer was raised to serve his faith and not what was the once proud culture of the English et al. Islamic attacks against the West are & will continue to increase in number, scope & consequence. As time has passed the enemy has no doubt come to appreciate the fact that a huge percentage of the infidels population no longer possess the chip that allows him to recognize and protect himself from imminent danger; we present as helpless, which leaves us open to being bullied by cowardly pretend religious zealots.

 

 

 

 

 

"Raised to serve his faith," ? Being his mother was Spanish the faith could have well been Catholic. He converted when he became an adult so I guess he turned his back on his Faith for another.

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and maybe not?

However, the facts we are certain of tell us is he became a murderer in the service of allah and isis.

 

 

 

 

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There are millions of people in Britain, Canada, America that are "born and bred" in those respective countries and raised in the Muslim faith who are excellent people. I know some of them. Let's not forget that.

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Ironically, the EU situation has actually rendered much of this discussion / debate moot and no one seems to have noticed. Our smug reliance on geography will soon be put to the test by circumstances beyond our control.

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Still, not what ever has already been posted, I think this is a one-off, nut-crazed episode. Spin it to anti-hate rhetoric as you like, but nonetheless...unorganized, unplanned, very limited consequences (yes, some people died, but terrorism plans massives of people to die), suicidal.

Rank amateur wanna-be.....

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Terrorism is the use of violence in support of political, religious or ideological beliefs (or aspirations). Defence against it is expensive, time consuming and labour intensive. Green energy and carbon taxation is cheap by comparison. 

To date, these guys have not been (for the most part) trained, disciplined, steady soldiers. Good thing eh?

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Westminster attacker's birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao

As we learn more about the attack in London, Mercedes Stephenson takes a look at combating terror at home.
Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 4:32AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, March 24, 2017 9:20AM EDT

LONDON -- Police are combing through "massive amounts of computer data" and have contacted thousands of witnesses as they look for clues about why a British-born man became radicalized and launched a deadly attack on Parliament, a senior police official said Friday.

As the fast-moving investigation led to more arrests and searches, police revealed that the attacker, Khalid Masood, was born Adrian Russell Ajao in southern England in 1964.

In a briefing outside Scotland Yard, London's top counterterror officer, Mark Rowley, said two more "significant" arrests had been made, bringing to nine the number of people in custody over Wednesday's attack.

Detectives have searched 21 properties in London, the central English city of Birmingham and Wales.

"We've seized 2,700 items from these searches, including massive amounts of computer data for us to work through," Rowley said, adding that contact had been made with 3,500 witnesses.

"We've received hundreds of uploads of video images to our online platform. Given this attack was in the heart of the capital we also, of course, are dealing with statements from a wide range of nationalities."

Masood drove his car into crowds of people on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon before fatally stabbing a police officer at the Houses of Parliament. He was shot dead by police.

An American man from Utah, a British man and British woman were killed on the bridge, and police officer Keith Palmer died at Parliament, police said.

The latest victim, who died in a hospital on Thursday, was identified as 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from south London.

More than 50 people of a dozen nationalities were injured, 31 of whom required hospital treatment.

"Those affected include a real cross-section of ages from at least 12 nationalities," Rowley said. "It's a poignant reminder, I think, that the impact of this attack on the capital will reach around the world. "

Rowley said two police officers targeted in the attack have significant injuries. Two other people also remain in critical condition, one with life-threatening injuries.

The 52-year-old attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in Birmingham, where several properties have been searched by police.

Police say Masood has used several aliases and had a string of convictions between 1983 and 2003 for offences including assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that Masood was "investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism" some years ago. But she called him "a peripheral figure."

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack. Police believe Masood acted alone, but Rowley said police are investigating whether he "acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda, or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him."

Nine people remain in custody on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

Once his identity became known, police and the media began to trace the movements of the attacker in his final hours.

The manager of a hotel in the beachside city of Brighton where Masood attacker stayed the night before the incident said he seemed unusually outgoing and mentioned details about his family, including having a sick father.

"He was normal, in fact friendly, because we spent possibly five or 10 minutes talking to him about his background and where he came from," Sabeur Toumi told Sky News on Friday.

Police raided the room at the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton after the attack, searching for clues about Masood. Among the items seized were the trouser press and the toilet paper holder.

Further details of the aftermath of the rampage continued to emerge.

A former British army officer told the BBC on Friday that rescuers held the hand of Constable Keith Palmer and talked to him as they tried in vain to save his life after he was stabbed during the attack on Parliament.

Mike Crofts, a former army captain who served in Afghanistan, said he was in the courtyard outside the Houses of Parliament following a meeting with politicians about using boxing to engage young men when the attack took place.

"I rushed towards the scene," he said, and began first aid with another person in civilian clothes, who turned out to be Staff Sgt. Tony Davis, one of Crofts' instructors at Sandhurst, Britain's military academy. Ultimately, there were 20 to 30 people working to save the officer's life.

"Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to save him," Crofts said. "(Police Constable) Palmer at the time was surrounded by a whole host of colleagues who really loved him. We held his hand through the experience. We talked to him throughout, but unfortunately he passed away."

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