|Born||Adrian Russell Elms|
25 December 1964
Dartford, Kent, UK
|Died||22 March 2017 (Age 52)|
Westminster, London, UK
| • Criminal damage|
• knife possession
• grievous bodily harm
• public order offences
|Supposed perpetrator of||2017 Westminster attack|
Named by UK police as the perpetrator of the 2017 Westminster attack
Khalid Masood drove a rented SUV across the crowded Westminster Bridge on Wednesday 22 March 2017, striking a number of pedestrians. Then he jumped out and attacked police officer Keith Palmer, who was outside Parliament, fatally stabbing him before being shot dead by police. In all, he killed four people in 83 seconds, and left more than two dozen hospitalised, including some with what have been described as catastrophic injuries. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, referring to him as "a soldier", but did not name him or provide evidence of a link.
Theresa May claimed “was British born and ... some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism,” News reports indicate that he was known to have a number of aliases, including Khalid Choudry, and was considered a "peripheral figure" by MI5 and that he was a known associate of radical individuals in Birmingham.
Masood reportedly had a number of prior criminal convictions, the earliest for criminal damage in 1983, when he was 19. He also had convictions relating to assaults, which included grievous bodily harm, and other public order offences. In 2000, when Masood was 35, he was imprisoned for 2 years for slashing the face of a local business owner, following an argument in a pub in Northiam. The victim required 20 stitches. Three years after that incident, in 2003, he was accused of stabbing a man in the nose, and sentenced to six months for possession of a knife. He served prison sentences in Lewes Prison in East Sussex, Wayland Prison in Norfolk and Ford Open Prison in West Sussex.
Many sources report that UK police believe that Masood had acted alone. However, News.com.au notes that "armed police stormed an address in Birmingham in an early morning raid in connection to the London attack. Other raids were also conducted in London. Seven people were arrested in connection to the terror attack."
Teaching in Saudi Arabia
A Saudi Embassy statement released late on Friday 24 March said that Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009. The embassy said that he had a work visa. It said he returned for six days in March 2015 on a trip booked through an approved travel agent and that he wasn’t tracked by the country’s security services and had no criminal record there.
- "Saudi Embassy Confirms UK Attacker had been in Saudi Arabia"