LONDON, March 24 (UPI) - British police uncovered the identity of a terrorist in parliament and said his name was Khalid Massoud, born in Kent County, who lived in Birmingham, West Midlands.
Masoud, 52, was also known by a number of nicknames.
British Prime Minister Teresa Mae said in a speech to the House of Commons on Thursday that a terrorist on Wednesday in the vicinity of the parliament is known to the intelligence services, and will be announced in a timely manner, after the completion of investigations.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said on Thursday afternoon: "Masood was also known by a number of nicknames. He said he was not the subject of any ongoing investigations and there was no prior information about his intention to launch a terrorist attack. "
The spokesman added: However, Masood was known to the police and has a range of convictions prior to attacks and crimes, including possession of offensive weapons and crimes of disruption in public order.
The first conviction against Massoud was in November 1983 of criminal practices and damage, while his last conviction in December 2003 was for possession of a knife. But has not been convicted of any terrorist crimes. "
British sources said the terrorist, shot dead by the police, was a British-born "jihadist" who had been interrogated by MI5 a few years ago.
Mai described the incident as an attack on democracy, freedom of expression, human rights and the rule of law. She said the attacker had expressed his anger at random against innocent people.
Mai said she would meet with security officials later, adding that the degree of terrorist threat currently in place will not change their level.
Police announced the arrest of eight people, after they raided six places in London and Birmingham. Acting police commissioner and head of the anti-terrorism unit Mark Rowley said hundreds of detectives had been working since last night and had searched places in six addresses.
"Investigations are continuing in Birmingham, London and other parts of Britain," Rowley said in a statement outside the Scotland Yard building. We still believe - based on the investigations we have - that the attacker acted alone, affected by international terrorism.
"To make things clear, we do not have at this stage information about more threats to people." Finished