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London Terrorist Named

Authorities have named the terrorist responsible for Wednesday's ramming and stabbing attack in London that left three dead and dozens wounded. The Times of Israel reports that the terrorist, who was shot and killed by police, was 52-year-old Khalid Masood:

The man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman in a deadly terror attack outside the British parliament claimed by the Islamic State was identified by police on Thursday as 52-year-old Khalid Masood...

He was born in Kent in southeast England and had been living in the West Midlands, which includes the city of Birmingham where there was an armed police raid overnight in connection with Wednesday’s assault.

Police said Masood had a range of convictions for assault including grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences ranging from 1983 to 2003.

However, it said Masood had never been convicted of any terrorism offences and that he “was not the subject of any investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack...”

Prior to the identification of Masood as the attacker, the IS-linked Aamaq news agency said earlier Thursday that the person who carried out the “attack in front of the British parliament in London was a soldier of the Islamic State.” It added that the person “carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition...”

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