Police: London attacker acted alone

BBC: London attacker Khalid Masood acted alone, say police

Westminster attacker Khalid Masood acted alone and there is no information to suggest further attacks are planned, Metropolitan Police have said.

Deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement: “We must all accept that there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this.”

More detail from the Guardian: Westminster attacker acted alone and motive may never be known, say police

In the most detailed breakdown yet of events on Westminster Bridge and parliament on Wednesday, police said that the entire attack, in which Masood had killed four people before being shot dead, lasted a mere 82 seconds.

After four days of intensive inquiries across England and Wales, involving hundreds of officers, the Metropolitan police said they had so far failed to establish the reason for the attack. It is continuing to look at whether Masood was prompted by online propaganda by Islamic State, which has claimed he was a “soldier”, or whether he had some other sense of grievance.

But deputy assistant Metropolitan police commissioner Neil Basu said: “We still believe that Masood acted alone on the day and there is no information or intelligence to suggest there are further attacks planned.”

The security services do not like the term “lone wolf”, feeling that it glamorises an attacker, and instead prefer “lone actor”. Although 11 people were arrested in the aftermath of the attack, eight have since been released, with no further action to be taken. A 58-year-old man remained in custody on Saturday and two more have been released on bail.

Police are investigating media reports that Masood checked his encrypted messaging service WhatsApp – or even sent a message – just before the attack, which hinted at others being involved. The police statement confirming that he was a lone actor does not appear to support suggestions that he had been in touch with an accomplice.

Basu, who is the senior national coordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, said: “Even if he acted alone in the preparation, we need to establish with absolute clarity why he did these unspeakable acts to bring reassurance to Londoners, and to provide answers and closure for the families of those killed and the victims and survivors of this atrocity.

Unless they have left recordings and writings behind dead men tell no tales.

23 Comments

  1. Pete Kane

     /  March 26, 2017

    Did he say so?

    • It doesn’t say that so presumably not. I guess they haven’t found any sign of anyone else being involved.

      • Missy

         /  March 26, 2017

        Or they don’t want to advertise if they have, so are going with the ‘acted alone’ line.

        We don’t know what the Police know, and we never will, they will continue with whatever line helps them with their investigations and countering extremist and terrorist activity, even if it means sticking to the ‘acted alone’ line.

        And before anyone decides I am being a conspiracy theorist, I am just trying to point out that all we can do is take what the police say, but they don’t always say publicly what they know, or what lines they are following.

        My view is that he most likely acted alone on this, but he was connected to a wider network of extremists.

        • The problem now is that they don’t need much if any in the way of connections. All they need is encouragement – and that can simply from seeing what is being done and what is being publicised – and methods to copy.

          It’s going to be difficult to prevent copy cats. But presumably there’s a limited supply of people who will die for a cause they have little if any real connection to.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 26, 2017

    Seems more than a bit odd to say this after the police have made so many arrests of his associates. Is the BBC pushing a line?

    • I’ve added more detail from the Guardian to the post.

      • Brown

         /  March 26, 2017

        That”s good because they are a bastion of impartiality and truth that we can safely take at face value.

        The reality is that the man was a Muslim and did what the Quran commands hence ISIL liked him and claimed him for their own. Given this we need to look at Islam and what it says – how do we reform it to make it safe because at present, in much of the world, its not.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 26, 2017

          Nonsense. ISIS were just cashing in.Nice try, ISIS, but nobody believes you. Must try harder.

          Where in the Koran does it say to drive a car into a crowd ?

          Do you think that the Westboro Baptists speak for Christianity or obey the Bible when they turn up at funerals and jeer, or do their other charmingly Christian acts ?

          How about America’s ‘religious right’ ?

          • Missy

             /  March 26, 2017

            “Where in the Koran does it say to drive a car into a crowd ?”

            I don’t know, but I do know that ISIS instructed its followers to conduct more ‘lone wolf’ attacks, including using vehicles, in the name of Islam.

            http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-urges-more-attacks-on-western-disbelievers-9749512.html

            • But that doesn’t mean that ‘Islam’ is the problem. People have been instructed to do terrible things in the name of gods, kings, emperors, reichs, and countries for a very long time.

            • Missy

               /  March 26, 2017

              Pete, address what I wrote, I responded to something that Kitty wrote, I didn’t say Islam was the problem, Kitty asked where in the Koran it said to drive cars into people, I responded that ISIS have said to do that in the name of Islam – you are diverting with your comment.

            • So it’s not in the Koran, it’s in their agenda.

            • Missy

               /  March 26, 2017

              Oh FFS Pete, that is a childish argument and you know it.

              There is enough evidence that killing infidels is in the Koran, and it is this that ISIS are following. I don’t think it mentions the actual method.

              Here is an article of a former Muslim who is speaking out about it all.

              Here is what he says about killing infidels:

              “When I lived in Saudi Arabia, not only did I look at non-Muslims as second class, you would look at non-devout Muslims as second class citizens,”

              “If Islam has to prosper, be the superior religion, then certain steps must be taken by its followers, including spreading Islam at any cost, including the sword and killing any opposition,”

              This man converted to Christianity, a crime punishable by death in Saudi Arabia (where he is from).

              Here is what he says about what Muslims are taught from the Koran regarding Christianity:

              “So you learn all of these things and then of course you learn that the Koran tells you to hate the Christians and the Jews,”

              And here is what he says about the killing of infidels in the Koran

              “It is basically a proscriptive demand found in the Koran when it comes to jihad – killing the infidels, spreading Islam until there is no other religion on earth except the religion of Allah,”

              “The West does not know many, if not all, of these things because they’re basically oblivious to what the Koran teaches as a whole. They’re only fed portions of the Koran,”

              http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2011/september/ex-muslim-speaks-out-about-the-koran-dilemma/?mobile=false

              So, no killing by driving a car into a crowd is not in the Koran, but killing is, ISIS have just chosen the method.

            • I’m not disputing that there may be killing suggested in the Koran, it is after all based on similar ancient texts that the Bible is based on.

              People have used the Bible to justify killing too. Does that mean the Bible is at fault?

  3. Duncan Cameron

     /  March 26, 2017

    I feel the media is owned by a small group of corporations including the military industrial complex, who’s goal it is to divide and conquer human perception and freedom. Centralising power and using topics such as terrorism to create fractures and fear in society. Propaganda like this u.k attack is used to justify and continue the destabilisation of the middle machine as war is a racket. You don’t hear about the 1 million Iraqis dead including the 100s of thousands of civillians, men woman and children who have been killed after the invasion of a country that never attacked the us. Join sustainable life NZ on FB to continue this dialogue.

    • Griff

       /  March 26, 2017

      “Masters Of War”

      Come you masters of war
      You that build all the guns
      You that build the death planes
      You that build all the bombs
      You that hide behind walls
      You that hide behind desks
      I just want you to know
      I can see through your masks.

      You that never done nothin’
      But build to destroy
      You play with my world
      Like it’s your little toy
      You put a gun in my hand
      And you hide from my eyes
      And you turn and run farther
      When the fast bullets fly.

      Like Judas of old
      You lie and deceive
      A world war can be won
      You want me to believe
      But I see through your eyes
      And I see through your brain
      Like I see through the water
      That runs down my drain.

      You fasten all the triggers
      For the others to fire
      Then you set back and watch
      When the death count gets higher
      You hide in your mansion’
      As young people’s blood
      Flows out of their bodies
      And is buried in the mud.

      You’ve thrown the worst fear
      That can ever be hurled
      Fear to bring children
      Into the world
      For threatening my baby
      Unborn and unnamed
      You ain’t worth the blood
      That runs in your veins.

      How much do I know
      To talk out of turn
      You might say that I’m young
      You might say I’m unlearned
      But there’s one thing I know
      Though I’m younger than you
      That even Jesus would never
      Forgive what you do.

      Let me ask you one question
      Is your money that good
      Will it buy you forgiveness
      Do you think that it could
      I think you will find
      When your death takes its toll
      All the money you made
      Will never buy back your soul.

      And I hope that you die
      And your death’ll come soon
      I will follow your casket
      In the pale afternoon
      And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
      Down to your deathbed
      And I’ll stand over your grave
      ‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead.

  4. Nelly Smickers

     /  March 26, 2017

    For me, the really, really, scary thing is, that the reason *MI5* weren’t keeping an eye on *Khalid Masood* given his previous track record, is because at any given time, there are something like *10,000 other potential Muslim Terrorists* they are watching, so Massod fell off their radar……..that means there are *10,000 others* they consider *more dangerous* than him ❗

    As Wayne just said after he watched this vid, “Life as we once knew it Nelly is well and truly over” 😡

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 26, 2017

      Wayne is an idiot. Has your life changed at all as a result of this act ?

      Khalid Mahmood was a Muslim convert, that is not his original name. He has a long record of offences, but none in relation to terrorism. What are the police supposed to do ? Trail every violent offender forever ? There was no reason to connect this man

      He was English. If anything, he was more likely to commit more violent crimes than a terrorist act.

      • Missy

         /  March 26, 2017

        Kitty, he had been investigated by MI5 for being connected to terrorist groups, but was considered on the periphery of it, so you cannot say that there was no reason to connect this man to Islamic Extremism. This attack shows the problem with the low-tech attacks that ISIS are advocating now, it isn’t the bomb makers, or the masterminds doing them, it is the guys on the periphery who have a car and a knife.

        It is head in the sand thinking like yours that frustrates the security services in tracking these people.

        He was a perfect candidate for radicalisation, convert to Islam with a violent past. Just because none of his previous convictions are related to terrorism, or that he is English, or that he is older (something else the woolly headed liberals are saying), or that he was a convert doesn’t mean that he wasn’t likely to commit a terrorist act.

        Those that have converted are as likely to become fanatics as those that grew up in the faith.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  March 26, 2017

        From reading all your posts *Missy*, there is no doubt you certainly understand the situation and would be more qualified than most to pass comment. I put you in the same league as my other BFF…….*Katie Hopkins*

        But to be fair to *Catkin*….there is at least *one thing* she has said there that I know *my mother* would certainly agree with her on.

  5. Blazer

     /  March 26, 2017

    shock ,horror..

    • Corky

       /  March 26, 2017

      Hundreds of these attacks every week…terrible.