Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Police try to establish if London attacker was directed by others

Police try to establish if London attacker was directed by others

Eight others arrested in connection with the investigation had been set free earlier, including a 39-year-old woman who had initially been freed on bail but now faces no further police action, police said Saturday.

There were still two men arrested in Birmingham, aged 27 and 58, and a man and a woman aged 35 and 32 arrested in Manchester, who remained in police custody.

Both men were arrested Thursday in Birmingham, according to police.

London police said that among those injured, two remain in critical condition in hospitals, one of them with life-threatening injuries.

People view floral tributes to victims of Wednesday's attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday March 24, 2017.

In just 82 seconds, Masood killed four people and injured more than 50 before being shot dead by police on Wednesday.

In this photo from Wednesday, Khalid Masood, identified as the attacker, is seen being treated by emergency services outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

London's Metropolitan Police would not confirm the newspaper's report that investigators went to the hotel following the attack after finding a receipt in the hire vehicle.

The attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in the central city of Birmingham.

The 52-year-old was born and raised in Kent and was known to police for a range of previous convictions including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.

"We must all accept that there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this", Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement.

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"Whilst there is still no evidence of further threats, you'll understand our determination is to find out if either he acted totally alone, inspired perhaps by terrorist propaganda, or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him".

The fourth victim, a 75-year-old man, died Thursday night after his life support was withdrawn, according to London's Metropolitan Police.

Masood drove the rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing three people.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that Masood was "investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism" some years ago.

Within hours, Masood drove his rented SUV across the crowded Westminster Bridge, leaving a trail of dead and wounded.

In all, he killed four people and left more than two dozen hospitalized.

Scotland Yard has revealed that terrorist Khalid Masood acted alone during his murderous rampage through central London. He killed Palmer before another officer shot him to death.

Adrian Baker, 51, who has lived in Northiam for 25 years, said Elms was known as a "troubled" character.

The number of armed officers remains at almost double strength in London in the wake of the attack, Rowley said, while extra police officers are also on patrol elsewhere in the UK. "He was a peripheral figure; the case was historic; he was not part of the current intelligence picture".

The vehicle Masood used in Wednesday's attack had been hired from rental firm Enterprise's Spring Hill branch in Birmingham, suggesting he still had connections to the area.

The group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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