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Khalid Masood identified as suspect in deadly London terror attack Khalid Masood identified as suspect in deadly London terror attack

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London police have identified the suspect in Wednesday’s deadly terror attack as Khalid Masood — a British national with past assault charges.

Masood, 52, was killed by police Wednesday after he ran down multiple people with a car on Westminster Bridge and fatally stabbed police officer police officer Keith Palmer.

Also known under serveral aliases, he wasn’t under investigation for any crimes before the attack occured, nor was he on a terrorism watchlist, authorities said.

Masood, however, had a number of run-ins with the law — with previous assault, weapons possession and “public order offences,” cops said. His most recent conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that Masood’s attack was influenced by “Islamic ideology.” He was investigated by the intelligence community years ago, but officiald determined he wasn't a threat, May said.

ISIS soon after took credit for the attack, calling him a “soldier” of the terrorist group.

Metropolitan police said Masood most recently lived near Birmingham, England, where at least four people were arrested in wake of the attack.

Car company Enterprise confirmed Masood rented an SUV in Birmingham, which he later used to injure about 40 people before crashing into the gates of Parliament.

An employee recognized the car and license plate after it was seen crashed into the fence, according to Enterprise.

It said in a statement that “our thoughts are very much with the victims of this terrible tragedy.”

Iwona Romek, a Birmingham resident who used to live next door to the attacker, told the Guardian she recognized Masood when shown a photo of him laid out on a stretcher.

She described him as married father of one child, saying the family was “nice” and "reserved." 

“He was a nice guy,” Romek told the Guardian. “I used to see him outside doing his garden. Never any trouble.”

The family moved out a quickly and without notice around Christmastime, she added.  


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