London attacker's wife 'shocked and saddened' by husband's crime

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 30, 2017

Andreea Cristea who was injured during last week's terror attack on London's Westminster Bridge as Khalid Masood drove through pedestrians.

Officers who attended the scene of the attack were urged to "come to pay their respects, as well as victims, witnesses and anyone else", according to a statement on the Metropolitan Police Federation website.

He and other young Muslims on the bridge were wearing shirts that said "I'm a Muslim" on the front and "Ask me anything" on the back.

Basu said there has been much speculation about who Masood was in contact with prior to the attack last week which left four people, including a London police officer dead, and dozens more injured.

"I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this hard time", she added.

Basu added that the attacker's communications on 22 March, when he drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer guarding the Palace of Westminster, killing four people in total, are the main line of inquiry.

The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind the attack.

United Kingdom police on Monday said they had not found any evidence linking Masood to terrorist organizations, such as IS or al-Qaeda.

The Westminster attack must be a "wake-up call" for technology giants over their efforts to tackle terrorist content online, the acting head of Scotland Yard has warned.

Masood, 52, was British-born and had several previous convictions for offences such as grievous bodily harm, possession of a knife and disturbing public order.

"Most importantly, so do the victims and families", he said.

Police say there is no intelligence suggesting further attacks are planned, but police presence has been increased at some London sites and also outside Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth II's favoured residences.

Masood's phone was reported to have connected with the encrypted messaging app WhatsApp just before the attack.

American national Kurt Cochran and south London window cleaner Leslie Rhodes were also killed on the bridge.

The teacher, who grew up in Notting Hill, worked at nearby DLD London College.

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among companies that have repeatedly faced calls to do more to detect and remove jihadist and other extreme videos and web pages, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attacking a "disgusting" failure to remove it at the weekend. Nine people have since been released without charge, while two people are still being held in Birmingham on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, and a third person was arrested in Manchester and remains on police bail until late March.

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