Khalid Masood: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Armed police officers stand guard as forensics officers work around a grey vehicle that crashed into the railings of the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017, during an emergency incident. (Getty)

Khalid Masood, 52, has been identified as the suspect in a terror attack in London that left at least five dead and 40 people injured, authorities say .

Masood fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of the U.K. Parliament after running down multiple pedestrians with a car on the Westminster Bridge. He was shot and killed by police after he attacked the officer at the gates.

A statement sent out in Arabic on Twitter on March 23 confirm that Masood a member of the “Islamic State.”

#londres #london #GERENG
منفذ هجوم الأمس أمام البرلمان #البريطاني في #لندن هو جندي للدولة الإسلامية ونفذ العملية.. pic.twitter.com/AsfVuhxiSw

— difjkc (@47v8f9j9yoo9) March 23, 2017

Translated into English, the statement, alleged to be from the terror group ISIS, said:

The attack yesterday in front of the British Parliament in #لندن a soldier of the Islamic State and perform the operation in response to calls to target Allied nationals.

A photo believed to be of Masood was posted to Twitter, and it appeared to show two knives on the ground surrounding him on a stretcher.

Photo shows two knives on ground as man is treated outside Parliament

📷: @StefanRousseau pic.twitter.com/cUf3MwCZFS

— Press Association (@PA) March 22, 2017

The attack occurred Tuesday on the Westminster Bridge and outside UK Parliament.

Here’s what you need to know about Masood:

1. Masood Plowed Through Pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge & Then Rammed His SUV Into a Parliament Gate Before Stabbing a Police Officer

A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people. pic.twitter.com/tdCR9I0NgJ

— Radosław Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) March 22, 2017

Witnesses described a chaotic scene at the Westminster Bridge and at the UK Parliament building.

Authorities say that the attack began when Masood drove his car over Westminster Bridge, hitting pedestrians and three police officers. A report said that a group of French students were on the bridge at the time of incident and three of them were hit by Masood’s car.

NOW: #London Stabbing, Car ramming & Shooting outside #UK Parliament. Likely terror attack pic.twitter.com/TisQIeiLXR

— Edward (@DonKlericuzio) March 22, 2017

The car crashed near Parliament and Masood exited the vehicle with a knife in hand and tried to enter Parliament. Masood stabbed and killed one officer when he was trying to protect the Parliament from the attack. As a result, Masood was shot and killed by an officer.

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2. Masood Had Been Investigated By British Authorities for ‘Extremism’ In the Past

A police boat patrol on the River Thames where a woman was reportedly pulled from. (Getty)

British Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated that Masood was known to British intelligence, saying in a speech to members of Parliament on March 23 that the he was “once investigated over concerns about violent extremism.”

He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic. He was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent, or of the plot.

The Scotland Yard released a statement that said Masood’s criminal record goes back as far as 1983 when he was arrested and convicted of criminal damage. He was also convicted of numerous violent crimes, including assaults and possession of offensive weapons charges, though nothing directly related to terrorism. His last conviction was in 2003.

The full statement from Scotland Yard on identity of the #Westminster attacker: Khalid Masood https://t.co/wN6P1dZW4N pic.twitter.com/kktpshYgN1

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 23, 2017

Masood was not the subject of any ongoing investigations and there was nothing indicating he was plotting an attack.

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3. Masood Was Reportedly An English Teacher & Bodybuilder That Was Married With 3 Kids

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Masood was born in Kent and believed to be living most recently in the West Midlands, about 115 miles northeast of where the attack took place.

According to reports, Masood was en English teacher at a school in the London area. Sources told Sky’s Andy Hughes that he was a religious convert, though it’s currently unknown when he converted.

In addition to being a teacher, Masood reportedly enjoyed spending time in the gym as a bodybuilder in his spare time. He was also married and had three children, reports say.

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4. Early Media Reports Falsely Identified The Attacker as the Leader of a British Muslim Organization

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Despite media reports to the contrary, a radical Muslim convert wasn’t involved in the terror attack, the BBC confirmed .

Some reports from media outlets accused , Abu Izzadeen, born Trevor Brooks, a known member of a British Muslim organization that was banned by the U.K., of being the assailant killed by police after the attack. However, ABC in Europe Producer Rym Momtaz reported that Izzadeen remains in jail for his past transgressions related to terrorism. The BBC later confirmed he remains in prison , as did Channel 4 , a British TV news outlet among those to name Izzadeen as the terrorist.

Reliable source tells me that individual is still in jail – we must wait for more info

— Secunder Kermani (@SecKermani) March 22, 2017

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5. Police Made Several Arrests In an Early-Morning Raid Hours After the Attack

Incredible photo shows brave paramedics & officers protecting the public after #parliamentshooting https://t.co/JSQKjOhZOt pic.twitter.com/lX4FxafbPE

— Matt Cannon (@matthewlcannon) March 22, 2017

In connection with the terrorist attack , police raided a flat in Birmingham in the early morning of March 23, ITV first reported .

Anti-terror officers confirmed to BBC that the raid in Birmingham wasn’t the only one to take place overnight. Instead, six total addresses were raided in London and Birmingham and eight arrests total were made.

Police released a statement about the raids to national media that confirmed the raids and said there is no risk to those in the area.

Overnight our colleagues from the Metropolitan Police have searched a number of addresses across the country and have made a number of arrests in connection with the (Westminster) incident, including addresses in Birmingham. The arrests and searches were intelligence led and there was no immediate risk to public safety.

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This post will be updated when more information becomes available.

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