British police reveal more details of Parliament attacker

British police reveal more details of Parliament attacker

Earlier, two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, police have said. So far, the police have carried out search operations in 16 locations.

The details about the British-born terrorist's past emerged as investigators combed through "massive amounts of computer data" and contacted 3,500 witnesses in a hunt for a motive.

There are two people hospitalized in critical condition, one in a life-threatening condition and two police officers who sustained injuries, Rowley said, adding that a total of at least 50 people were injured with 31 needing hospitalization.

The death toll has risen to five, including Masood, after a 75-year-old man injured in the attack died in hospital.

Arrests were made in London and Birmingham, while homes were also searched in Brighton and Carmarthenshire, in west Wales. Nine were detained under the Terrorism Act and one was detained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.

Ten people have been arrested and six addresses raided across London, Birmingham and elsewhere.

Naveed Mirza, a Muslim student, said he had received "overwhelming" support since the attack described by police as "Islamist-related terrorism".

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Police say Masood mowed down several people on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday before going on to stab a police officer.

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - The 52-year-old Briton identified as the Westminster Bridge attacker had a raft of convictions - including assault, weapons possession and public order offenses - spanning two decades, London police said.

Discussing the suspect yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons, "Some years ago, he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism". Toumi said Masood checked in under his own name and mentioned having a couple of children, as well as troubles with an ailing father.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State group has said it was behind the attack.

It was definitely the vehicle he used in the attack because that was parked in the auto park when he stayed here.

Rowley maintained there would be a visible police presence around the city over the next few days, but reiterated that "London is open for business".

Rowley said that despite the attempt, terrorists targeting London would not succeed.

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