Having now read several accounts of the terrorist attack yesterday outside British Parliament that left five people dead, I have yet to hear a clear motive or any identification of the assailant. I am especially interested to know if the attacker was a Muslim, as there seems to be an overwhelmingly disproportionate number of terrorist attacks by Muslims. However, I wasn’t able to find any released information on the attacker, even though police knew who he was. After seeing a picture of the terrorist on a stretcher, pictured above, I am presuming he was a Baptist. Anyone else care to venture a guess?
Armed police have carried out an overnight raid on a Birmingham property, which was reportedly linked to the attack in Westminster on Wednesday, according to The Telegraph.
Counter-terror detectives are continuing to search for clues about about how an armed attacker, believed to have “inspired by international terrorism”, brought death and destruction to the streets of London.
Five people were killed in the “sick and depraved” terror attack, including a police officer who was stabbed and his assailant, while dozens more were injured.
Armed police launched a late-night raid on a second-floor flat above a row of shops on Hagley Road in Birmingham. Witnesses have said three people were taken away by police.
Sky News cited unnamed sources as saying the action was linked to the attack in London.
BBC Newsnight had earlier reported there was a suggestion the car used in the attack was hired from an address in Birmingham. However, this has not been confirmed.
Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard’s top anti-terror officer, confirmed that 40 people were injured after the attacker – armed with two large knives – mowed down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge then rushed at the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament, stabbing a plain-clothes policeman before he was shot by armed officers.
The officer who died was named as Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father, whose bravery was hailed by colleagues, friends and the many MPs whom he was charged with protecting.
The three other fatalities are understood to be people who were hit by the car on Westminster Bridge.
Mr Rowley declined to name the attacker, but said police suspect he was “inspired by international terrorism” – and that they believed they knew who he was.
Witnesses described scenes of terror when gunfire rang out as the attacker approached a second officer within yards of the Houses of Parliament.
The suspected attacker was pictured being treated by paramedics on a stretcher, as two knives used in the assault lay on the ground nearby.