Three people were killed and 40 injured when the attacker on Wednesday mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and stabbed to death a police officer outside parliament complex in the heart of Westminster before being shot dead by Scotland Yard. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker was British born and he was once investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism few years ago.

 

Soon after her speech, the ISIS on its propaganda news agency 'Amaq' claimed responsibility, saying a "Soldier of the Caliphate" carried out the attack on the British Parliament. "The operation was carried out in response to calls to target coalition countries," it said in a statement.
 

The man identified as Khalid Masood, drove his vehicle at speed into innocent pedestrians who were crossing Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring around 40 more, of which 29 were hospitalised. He  then left the vehicle and approached a police officer at Carriage Gates of Parliament, attacking him with a large knife, before he was shot dead by an officer.

 


 

In addition to 12 Britons admitted to hospital, the injured include three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks.
 

Khalid Masood, 52, was killed by armed police after he stabbed the unarmed cop to death outside the Houses of Parliament .

 

Masood, was born in Kent but most recently lived in the West Midlands. He had a number of previous convictions. It is said that Masood hired a Hyundai 4x4 from Solihull which he drove to London and used in the accident.

 

 

Masood has been described as a married father-of-three who enjoyed bodybuilding. Sky News also reports he was an English teacher.

 

with PTI inputs