The British-born MUSLIM jihadi, a convert to Islam and follower of ISIS, who killed 4 and seriously injured 29 in Westminster yesterday was Khalid Masood, 29, living in the Birmingham area, who had a series of convictions for assault and other crimes but police insist there was no intelligence suggesting he was about to unleash a terror attack.
UK Daily Mail Kent-born Masood has never been convicted of terror offences, although Theresa May revealed this morning that he had been on MI5’s radar a number of years ago. Masood was a married father-of-three, former English teacher and a religious convert who was into bodybuilding, according to Sky News.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said this afternoon: ‘Masood was also known by a number of aliases. He was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack. ‘However, he was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.
‘His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. He has not been convicted for any terrorism offences.’
Masood stabbed PC Keith Palmer to death with two knives outside parliament after killing mother-of-two Aysha Frade and US tourist Kurt Cochran as he ploughed along a crowded pavement on Westminster Bridge.
A source told Sky News that Masood was a ‘very religious, well spoken man’. They added: ‘You couldn’t go to his home in Birmingham on Friday because he would be at prayer.’