Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Pc Keith Palmer died after chest stab wound despite wearing body armour

Pc Keith Palmer died after chest stab wound despite wearing body armour

The wife of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is "saddened and shocked" by the atrocity, saying she "condemns" his actions.

The comments come 24 hours after a statement was released by Masood's mother, Janet Ajao, who said she had "shed many tears" for her son's victims.

"I'm saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done".

"After the terrorist attack, I want to express my thanks to the police, House of Commons staff, emergency services and my own staff for their actions".

"I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this hard time", Hydara said in the statement.

"I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this hard time".

The man who carried out the Westminster terror attack was killed by a single gunshot to his chest, an inquest has heard.

Moments after he fatally stabbed PC Keith Palmer, the attacker was challenged by armed officers and shot dead inside the Parliament gates.

The inquest into Masood's death will be opened and adjourned tomorrow.

The inquest into the victims of Masood's attack, including PC Palmer, was held today at Westminster's Coroner Court.

The London Metropolitan Police has said Masood had a clear interest in jihad and his methods echoed the rhetoric of the Islamic State but there was no evidence he acted as part of the terrorist group.

American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, and mum-of-two Aysha Frade, 44, died after he drove into pedestrians.

Rain began to fall as the crowd fell silent in the shadow of the Palace of Westminster, before dozens of people laid flowers near the site of the attack and along the bridge.

Scotland Yard has urged anyone who was in contact with Masood on the day of the attack to come forward.

Inquests into the victims' deaths opened and adjourned on Wednesday.

Officers continue efforts to establish the motive of Masood, a 52-year-old Muslim convert who had a lengthy criminal history and lived in areas including Sussex, Birmingham and London.

"The PM called for communities to unite and I know my constituents will recognise that this barbaric act by a lone individual can not be allowed to divide us".

Mr Cochran died on Westminster Bridge having sustained multiple injuries.

Detectives on Monday continued to question a 30-year-old man arrested Sunday and a 58-year-old man arrested shortly after Wednesday's attack.

The bridge in central London was closed to traffic as people bowed their heads in silence.

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