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No links to IS or Al-Qaeda found in Westminster attack

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Police have found no links to IS or Al-Qaeda in Westminster attack, though they say the attacker, Khalid Masood, echo the rhetoric of IS leaders in terms of methodology.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for UK Counter Terrorism Policing, said that a main line of enquiry is Masood’s communications on the day of the Westminster attack. Basu reiterated the request for anyone who knew or talked to Khalid Masood in the months, weeks and days leading up to the attack to come forward.

“His attack method appears to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low cost techniques copied from other attacks, and echo the rhetoric of IS leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but at this stage I have no evidence he discussed this with others. There is no evidence that Masood was radicalised in prison in 2003, as has been suggested; this is pure speculation at this time. Whilst I have found no evidence of an association with IS or AQ, there is clearly an interest in Jihad,” Neil Basu added.

According to the Metropolitan Police, Adrian Russell Ajao changed his name to Khalid Masood in 2005. His last criminal offence was 2003 and he was not a current subject of interest or part of the current domestic or international threat picture for either the security service or CT Policing.

“I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why. Most importantly, so do the victims and families,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu concluded.

Adrian Ajao, 52, known also as Khalid Masood, killed four people, including a police officer in the Westminster attack on Wednesday, 22 March.

 

Source: evonews

 

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