The London terrorist has been named as Khalid Masood, while the Islamic State (IS) as expected claims responsibility for the attack, which took place precisely the way they had called for.
The Islamic State (IS) claims responsibility for the London attack, according to Reuters, citing IS' "news agency" Amaq.
Rita Katz, director of the independent intelligence group SITE, citing Amaq, writes that the London Parliament attack was carried out by a "Soldier of the Caliphate," referring to the "caliphate" IS claims to have formed.
The Westminster attacker has been named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who had a range of previous convictions, according to Sky News.
Born in Kent but most recently living in West Midlands.
Married father of three who gave occupation as English teacher.
Range of previous convictions but none related to terrorism.
Convert to Islam and bodybuilding enthusiast.
While he was born in Kent, detectives believe he had been living most recently in the West Midlands.
According to Sky sources, he once gave his occupation as a teacher.
Police said he had been "known by a number of aliases".
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said there was "no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack".
Massod "was not the subject of any current investigations".
IS has called for attacks in countries that are part of a coalition made up of several nations that have declared war on IS, and one of the instructions for an attack given to its followers, is precisely to use a car and run people over, as seen in Nice, Berlin, London, and today in Antwerp, where police managed to stop the attack. The instructions how to commit violent jihad have been published in IS' online magazine Dabiq several times, and in a jihadist guide called 'How to Survive in the West,' which has been downloaded thousands of times across Europe.
Instructions also include a variety of tips to practice and prepare for jihad, among other things, followers are urged to train with Nerf guns and watch Jason Bourne movies as part of their under-the-radar preparation for terrorist attacks:
READ: 'How to Survive in the West' - The ISIS manual that teaches preparation for Jihad in the West
- Both IS and al-Qaeda have made concrete recipes and guidelines for how to strike against the enemy with simple and available means. Most have access to a car. Most have knives in the kitchen. The difficulties of getting hold of firearms and ingredients to make bombs, also promotes this method, says the Swedish terrorism expert Martin Ranstorp.
It's probably safe to say there is more to come.
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