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Westminster attacker named as Briton Khalid Masood


52-year-old born Adrian Russell Ajao had ‘range of previous convictions for assaults’

British police identified the man responsible for Wednesday’s bloody attack on the Houses of Parliament as a 52-year-old Briton with a police record as Theresa May, the prime minister, told sombre MPs the public would not be cowed by the threat of terrorism.

The Metropolitan Police said Khalid Masood was born in Kent, south-east England, and detectives believed he was most recently living in the West Midlands. On Friday morning the Metropolitan Police confirmed that he was born in Dartford as Adrian Russell Ajao. It was reported that he had lived in Rye, Crawley and Eastbourne in Sussex.

Police arrested eight people suspected of terrorist offences in a series of raids on Thursday, seven of them in the West Midlands city of Birmingham.

Masood, shot dead during the attack in which he killed a policeman and three civilians, was “not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack”, police said.

But they added he was known to police and had a range of previous convictions for assault, possession of offensive weapons and other offences.

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