Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Islamic State claims responsibility for London attack

Islamic State claims responsibility for London attack

In December, she said, he suddenly moved out. "And our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism".

Police secure the area on the south side of Westminster Bridge close to the Houses of Parliament in London, March 22, 2017.

The Saudi embassy in London on Friday issued a statement saying that Masood was not known to their security services "and does not have a criminal record in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

On Wednesday afternoon a police officer was stabbed and killed by an assailant outside the British Houses of Parliament.

Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old Briton with a history of violent offences but no terrorist convictions, was shot by police on Wednesday after a rampage through Westminster.

"It is still our belief that the attacker acted alone was inspired by worldwide terrorism", Rowley said. Authorities are also looking at the suspect's possible associates.

The Islamic State group described Masood as "a soldier" while claiming responsibility for the attack.

Ten people have been arrested and six addresses raided across London, Birmingham and elsewhere. Two Met Police officers injured in the attack also remain in hospital.

Rowley said police had searched addresses in London, Birmingham and other parts of the country in their investigation over an attack, in which a man ploughed into pedestrians in a auto and then went on a stabbing spree before being shot dead.

The officer was Pc Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old husband and father with 15 years of police service.

The latest attack had echoes of the atrocities in Nice and Berlin when trucks ploughed into crowds of people, killing 86 people in the French Riviera city in July and 12 at a market in the German capital just days before Christmas.

"We saw loads of people ducking down", George Nuth, 21, who was walking toward nearby Westminster Abbey at the time of the attack, told NBC News.

Mark Rowley, the acting deputy police commissioner, said two people have been arrested in the West Midlands and the northwest of England.

He said: "Muslim woman pays no mind to the terror attack, casually walks by a dying man while checking phone #PrayForLondon #Westminster #BanIslam".

"What the image does not show is that I had talked to other witnesses to try and find out what was happening, to see if I could be of any help, even though enough people were at the scene tending to the victims".

"I just saw a vehicle go out of control and just go into pedestrians on the bridge", said Bernadette Kerrigan, who was on a tour bus on the bridge at the time, in an interview with Sky News. Police shot and killed the attacker, whose identity they have not yet disclosed. "But the mood of the people is great", Bradford Buck told "GMA", adding that they too will carry on with their visit. "We're not going to let it stop us and hope to finish our sightseeing while we are here in London".

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