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https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Four-Killed-In-U.K.-Parliament-Attack.aspxFour Killed In U.K. Parliament AttackGP0|#21788f65-8908-49e8-9957-45375db8bd4f;L0|#021788f65-8908-49e8-9957-45375db8bd4f|National Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a43444652017-03-22T04:00:00Zhttps://adminsm.asisonline.org/pages/megan-gates.aspx, Megan Gates<p>​<strong>Update: 23 March 2017, 11:50 a.m.</strong></p><p>​British authorities identified the man responsible for Wednesday's terror attack as 52-year-old Khalid Masood, according to a<a href="http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-westminster-attack-man-believed-responsible-named-230160" target="_blank"> press release from the London Metropolitan Police.​</a><br></p><p>Masood was born in Kent, and authorities believe he was recently living in the West Midlands in England. </p><p>"Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack," the Met said. "However, he was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons, and public order offenses."</p><p><strong>Update: 23 March 201​7, 10:50 a.m.</strong></p><p>The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Wednesday's terrorist attack in London outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament. The assailant--whose identity has not been released--was a British-born man known to the U.K.'s domestic intelligence agency and previously investigated for connections to violent extremism.<br></p><p>U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the assailant was a "peripheral figure" that was examined by MI5, but was not "part of the current intelligence picture," according to <em>​<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/world/europe/london-attack-uk.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news" target="_blank">The New York Times. </a></em><em></em></p><p>Authorities believe the assailant​ acted alone, but continue to investigate the incident while Britain remains at a "severe" threat level.</p><p>"Yesterday, an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy," May said. "We are not afraid, and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism."</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 47879554-d7fa-4c6d-80ff-5853f98067e7" id="div_47879554-d7fa-4c6d-80ff-5853f98067e7"></div><div id="vid_47879554-d7fa-4c6d-80ff-5853f98067e7" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>Two of the victims killed in Wednesday's attack have also been identified. A Mormon church official <a href="https://apnews.com/e2b6328601424b8581bddc263b1071a2?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP">told the AP</a> that one of its members--Kurt W. Cochran--was killed in the attack while in London to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary.​<br></p><p>Officials also released the name of the police officer who was killed in the incident: Constable Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old police officer who formerly served in the Royal Artillery.</p><p><strong>Update: 22 March 2017, 4:00 p.m.</strong><br></p><p>Four people were killed in a terror attack outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Police shot and killed one assailant involved in the attack, but a major security operation remains underway in London. </p><p>Details of the attack—being called a terrorist incident—remain unclear, but <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/world/europe/uk-westminster-parliament-shooting.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em> reports that security officers shot an assailant outside of Parliament after the individual stabbed a police officer. A motorist on an adjacent bridge also hit at least five pedestrians. However, it remains unknown if the assailant—whose name has not been released—and the motorist were the same individual.<br></p><p>At least 20 people were injured in the attack, in addition to the four casualties that included the police officer. Three French schoolchildren were among those injured, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-photographer-idUSKBN16T1Y5" target="_blank">according to Reuters.</a><br></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 59a66d03-5516-4786-bdd2-d5cdc347d2ff" id="div_59a66d03-5516-4786-bdd2-d5cdc347d2ff"></div><div id="vid_59a66d03-5516-4786-bdd2-d5cdc347d2ff" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>​“This is a day we’ve planned for but hoped would never happen. Sadly, it’s now a reality,” said Mark Rowley, head of counterterrorism at the Met, in an interview with <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/22/westminster-attack-man-shot-by-police-and-several-hurt-in-nearby-incident" target="_blank">The Guardian​</a></em>. “The attack started when a car was driven over Westminster Bridge hitting and injuring a number of members of the public, also including three police officers on their way back from a commendation ceremony.</p><p>“The car then crashed near to Parliament and at least one man armed with a knife continued the attack and tried to enter Parliament.”<br></p><p>Authorities are now conducting a full counterterrorism investigation into the incident, and are asking the public to stay away from an area of central London, report suspicious activity, and share any video or images of the attack.<br></p><p>"Londoners should be aware that there will be additional armed and unarmed police officers on our streets from tonight in order to keep Londoners, and all those visiting our city, safe," said London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a statement posted to his Twitter feed.</p><p></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 75cd54f2-dfa4-4bd7-9e23-4ca16192d225" id="div_75cd54f2-dfa4-4bd7-9e23-4ca16192d225"></div><div id="vid_75cd54f2-dfa4-4bd7-9e23-4ca16192d225" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>​Parliament was in session when the attack occurred at roughly 2:40 p.m. local time, and those in the House of Commons chambers were told to stay in place as officers searched the facility. </p><p>The attack occurred on the one-year anniversary of the <a href="/Pages/Terrorist-Attacks-in-Brussels-Leave-Numerous-Dead.aspx" target="_blank">Brussels attacks</a>, where terrorists bombed the Brussels airport and a metro station.<br></p><p>This is a developing story. <em>Security Management </em>will continue to update this post as more information is confirmed. <br></p><p><br>​</p>

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