London attack: Significant arrests as police appeal for information on Khalid Masood


In a less-than-slick escape from parliament when her staff appeared rattled as a lone assailant rampaged just yards away, Prime Minister Theresa May dashed around a vehicle park and looked lost as she searched for her ride before escaping.

Then he jumped out and attacked police officer Keith Palmer, who was guarding Parliament, fatally stabbing him before being shot dead by police.

On Friday, Rowley thanked journalists who agreed to police requests not to publish Masood's name while investigators were still taking stock of the potential threat and arranging arrests and searches.

The latest victim, who died in the hospital on Thursday, was 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from Streatham, south London.

After a string of raids and arrests in the wake of the attack, two more arrests were made last night, Rowley said. He was then shot dead by armed police.

Masood was known to police and MI5 and had convictions for assaults, including grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.

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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.

The Islamic State group claimed the assailant behind Britain's deadliest terror attack in 12 years was one of its "soldiers" acting on a call to target countries in the US-led coalition fighting the jihadists.

Authorities identified Masood, a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism - but was not now on a terrorism watch list.

According to The Sun tabloid, he married a Muslim woman in 2004 and moved the following year to Saudi Arabia to teach, returning in 2009.

"Two of our officers who were injured on Westminster Bridge in the attack also remain in hospital and also have sustained significant injuries", Rowley said.

The embassy said Saudi security services didn't track Masood and he didn't have a criminal record there.

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"Our investigation focuses on [Masood's] motivation, his preparation and his associates".

A statement from the Mormon church issued on behalf of relatives said on Thursday a Utah man was among those killed in Wednesday's London attack and his wife was seriously injured.

Faith leaders including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the chief rabbi and the chief imam of London's central mosque on Friday gathered near the attack site to remember the victims.

Lawmakers returned to work as normal on Thursday morning, even as forensic officers worked at the scene, but a review of parliamentary security is now underway.

"In standing here, we represent the three Abrahamic faith communities, all equally committed to a peaceful future", Welby said after observing a minute's silence outside Westminster Abbey.

Police believe Masood acted alone, but Rowley said police are investigating whether he "acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda, or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him".

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It was the deadliest in Britain since four homegrown suicide bombers killed 52 people on the city's transport system in July 2005.