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tonight at ten, police have named the man who carried out the terror attack at westminster. he was 52—year—old khalid masood, a british—born man who'd been living in the west midlands. the islamic state group say he was one of their soldiers. overnight there were raids in birmingham, carmarthenshire and london. eight people have been arrested so far. back! back! back! back! these were some of the scenes inside parliament yesterday, as the attack unfolded. but in the commons today, a defiant message. we are not afraid, and our resolve will never waver in the face of terorrism. among the victims was pc keith palmer, a married father of two. one of those who tried to save him was a former soldier. when i seen the guy enter the gate, with two knives in the air, attacking, that's the decision was made. that's when the decision was made.
straight over. and give assistance there were two other deaths — kurt cochran was in london celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary. and aysha frade was a teacher on her way to pick up her children. tonight there is news of a another victim. tonight there is news of a another victim. and in central london tonight, a vigil attended by thousands to remember all victims of the westminster attack. and we're taking a look at how the developments are being reported in the papers. good evening. one of the most extensive police investigations of recent years has made swift progress today, following the terror attack at westminster yesterday. the attacker has been identified
and the islamic state group has said it was behind the atrocity. the attacker was named as khalid masood, who was born in the uk. he was 52, and lived in the west midlands. he had come to the attention of the intelligence services in the past. there have been eight arrests so far — five men and three women — following raids overnight and today. tributes have been paid to those who lost their lives, including pc keith palmer. there are 20 people still in hospital. five are critically ill. tonight, we'll have the latest on the police investigation, and we'll hear from some of those caught up in yesterday's events. first, wejoin our special correspondent, lucy manning, in birmingham. well the police have moved back from the flat where they made arrests overnight. yesterday we saw the face of the attacker, today we know his name, khalid masood. he was on the radar. his name was known to the police and to mi5 but they said that
they had no information he was planning a terrorist attack, showing just how difficult it is for them to stop this sort of thing. it has been a fast—moving day. arrests have been made, most of them made here in birmingham. with a car and a knife he brought terror to parliament. he is khalid masood, a british—born attacker, known to the police with a 20—year criminal record, although not for terrorism. the 52—year—old, responsible for the murder of a policeman, a mother on her way to collect her children, a tourist, and a pensioner. today, on their knees, the police, slowly, met i can clarence housely, searching for evidence. on the same ground where one of their own lay, just a day ago. as they searched outside parliament, just metres away inside, the prime minister spoke. what i can confirm, is that the man
was british—born and that some years ago he was once investigated by mi5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism. he was a peripheral figure. violent extremism. he was a peripheralfigure. 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. intensive investigations continue. so what more is known about khalid masood? he was born in kent, he was most recently living in the west midlands. he had a range of previous convictions including gb h, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences, the last conviction in 2003 for possession of a knife. he was known by a number of aliases and khalid masood is not believed to be the name he was born with. so they are determined to find out everything that they can about the man who murdered pc keith palmer in the shadow of bill clinton ben
and ran over those just walking on westminster bridge. notjust routine police work, this time, it's personal. it is still our belief, which continues to be borne out by the investigation, that this attacker acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism. to be explicit at this stage we have no specific information about further threats to the public. the police‘s attention on birmingham, overnight in the ladywood area, the heavily armed officers searched a flat. the neighbours said it was like a scene from a film. it was like a war, a war down the streets. like something you see only in movies. i saw it behind my windows on the street. it was very frightening. it was like, you know, what the hell is happening here? another flat in the winsome green area of the city was raided. neighbours said that they thought
that khalid masood lived there recently. it is known that the car he turned into a weapon was a rental car that he hired in birmingham here at enterprice cars. with the attacker dead, the focus is on his friends and family, whether they knew about his motivations, his intentions, whether he had help with the attack on parliament. the police have made arrests in a number of different locations. three properties were searched in birmingham and seven people arrested. one woman was arrested in east london. there have been searches in carmarthenshire, brighton and south—east london. the eight arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts. at a house in luton where it is believed that khalid masood lived a few years ago, neighbours described him as a house proud family man. as far as house proud family man. as faras i'm house proud family man. as far as i'm aware he had two children at the time that he was
here. they appeared to be primary schoolchildren. he had a people carrier, he was loading the children into the people carrier with child seats. but today he was described differently by the islamic state. without providing evidence they said he was one of their soldiers. the police have been tracking khalid masood's movements, the man who got into a masood's movements, the man who got intoa carand masood's movements, the man who got into a car and caused terror in westminster. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, is at scotland yard. we mentioned the fact that the investigation is making swift progress. what is your assessment tonight? it is developing fast. we believe that the police visited a hotel in brighton where they are looking at the fact that khalid masood may have spent his last few nights there. that is obviously an important part of the investigation. we believe that khalid masood's partner was arrested in stratford in
east london, so clearly she is possibly going to be an important source of information for the police but at the same time, these fast—movements, the developments in terms of the investigation are marred by tragedy and the news tonight that this 75—year—old man who was being maintained on life support in a london hospital has in fa ct support in a london hospital has in fact died after life support was withdrawn. as i understand it he has relatives overseas it had taken time to co nta ct relatives overseas it had taken time to contact them. but the life support has now been withdrawn. this is an investigation, which, as often happens with the counter—terrorism investigations, that they expand outwards. eight people are in custody, each could develop leads, so custody, each could develop leads, so the investigation is still really at early stages. one thing i should mention it is almost certain that khalid masood is not the birth name of the man who actually carried out
this attack. thank you very much, daniel sandford. members of the house of commons stood in silence today, to remember those who died yesterday, including pc keith palmer, who lost his life defending parliament and those who work there. he'd been a police officerfor 15 years. the prime minister said he was "every inch a hero", and his actions would never be forgotten. our home editor, mark easton, reports on the loss of pc keith palmer. honouring a fallen comrade. at 9:33am this morning, a minute's silence for pc keith palmer. 48 years old, a husband and a father, who went to work but never came home. boxing instructor and former soldier tony davies saw the knife attack as he left a function at the houses of parliament yesterday afternoon, and immediately ran to keith palmer's aid. he brandished two knives, i had seen, attacking one of the policemen.
that's the decision i took to then leap the fence and try and give assistance in any way i could. you ran towards the violence? most people were running away. yes, but it was a split—second decision and people needed assistance. tony davies was once in the same army regiment as lee rigby, the fusilier stabbed to death in a terrorist attack in 2013. he remembers how no—one went to his colleague's aid that day and thinks that is part of the reason why he ran towards danger to help pc palmer. i was the first person to approach keith and i noticed the head wound and i am shouting, "medic, get an ambulance." the biggest wound was in his rib cage. he was bleeding profusely. i tried to stem the blood flow with my rain jacket. i checked his pulse, to make sure he was breathing. he was still conscious.
i said, "come on, keith, stay with us, son, stay with us." we did all we could. i'm sure the professionals who were there on the scene did all they could. he's being called a hero, some are saying he should be given a medalfor what he did. how do you feel about the man you tried to save? he was just a normal guy. well, not a normal guy, he was protecting and sort of being an adviser on one of our most historic assets of this great nation and he is expecting just to do his normal daily shift and go home to have his tea with his family. a lot of people would regard what you did yesterday as quite extraordinary, heroic. please, i don't want anyone to feel that. i feel for keith's family. one of the core values in the army is selfless commitment. maybe i showed a bit of that
yesterday but just. .. it was frustrating more than anything that keith didn't pull through. i'm sorry about that. police constable keith palmer symbolises the selfless public service and sacrifice vital to a civilised society. he was unarmed, guarding the epicentre of our democracy and epitomising the delicate balance between our security and our liberty. mark easton, bbc news. two other victims of yesterday's attack have been named. aysha frade lived in london with her husband and two young daughters. and kurt cochrane, an american citizen, was in london with his wife to celebrate their 25th anniversary. some a0 people from 11 different countries were injured,
some of them very seriously. sarah campbell reports on the victims. a mother on the school run, mown down in broad daylight. aysha frade was 43 years old and leaves behind a husband and two young daughters. friends and neighbours have been paying tribute to her. she was just a lovely person with two lovely children. two lovely, lovely girls. how are these children? they've lost their mother. you leave your kids, go to school, and then to pick them up, and then this happens to you. she worked at a college near westminster bridge and was on her way to pick up her children when the attack happened. she was a lovely person. helpful, supportive, smiling, always willing to help out with whatever the challenges and demands that teaching staff might have at any given time. aysha's mother was spanish and today
she was remembered by people in the galician town of betanzos. her family are understood to be travelling to britain. in london, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, melissa and kurt cochran from utah in the united states. they were due to fly home today but kurt was killed and melissa was seriously injured. president trump described kurt cochran as a great american. his family said they are heartbroken. the couple's next—door neighbour said kurt was friends with everyone. this is going to be a sad, tough time for everyone in the neighbourhood. i really feel bad. i think of melissa and what she will have to face in the next little while and i'm sure the neighbourhood will gather around her and help her anyway they can. and this evening, another death. a 75—year—old man who had been in hospital following the attack, had his life support withdrawn. he's yet to be named. the people who were injured came from 11 different countries
including the united states, china, france and germany. they were taken from westminster to hospitals across london, including here at kings college. undergoing treatment for a fractured leg is 19—year—old travis frain. he was with fellow students on a field trip to parliament when he was hit head—on by the car. he was pictured as emergency crews stretchered him away from the scene. waiting for news inside the locked down parliament building down parliament building was his tutorfrom edge hill university. she told me today that travis is doing well. he's been checking his facebook. lots of other messages from other students wanting to know how he is. clearly, he's not well, but he's dealing with it and he's staying as cheerful as he can. another school trip caught up in the chaos, three french students from this school in brittany were injured, two of them were reported to have suffered serious fractures. romanian officials say this woman, andreea cristea,
who fell into the thames, has undergone surgery to treat a blood clot on her brain. her boyfriend sustained a broken foot. they had been celebrating her birthday. several people remain in hospital including two police officers with serious injuries. this was an attack in london, but its effects are being felt across the world. sarah campbell, bbc news. the prime minister has visited some of those still being treated in hospital. many were taken to st mary's in paddington, which has a large trauma unit. our health editor, hugh pym, is there with the latest. what are the officials they are saying about the condition of some people being treated ? saying about the condition of some people being treated? it seems that 20 patients are still being treated for a range of injuries at the in
central london. the largest single group is here at st mary's in paddington. others are in chelsea and westminster and kings college hospital. as of this morning, seven we re hospital. as of this morning, seven were said to be in a critical condition. we were not told anything else. but now sadly it is six, as one of them died this evening. we don't know precisely which hospitals those six—hour in. we know they are critically ill as of this evening. in total, 29 people needed hospital treatment. some of them were discharged today. as we have been hearing, they were from several nationalities. i2 hearing, they were from several nationalities. 12 of them were british. and of those, three were police officers who had been to an awards ceremony, were crossing westminster bridge yesterday afternoon and got caught up in the attack as the car ploughed through
people on the bridge. all those three, two are said to be in a serious condition. thank you. at westminster, home secretary amber rudd has told the bbc that it would be wrong to see yesterday's attack as a failure by the intelligence community. she's spoke as members of parliament returned to work, where they heard the prime minister declare that they would never waver in the face of terrorism. there are new images to light of the moment the prime minister was rushed from parliament when the attack happened. our political editor, laura kuennsberg, reports on the way parliament has responded to the attack. in the car, the prime minister's bodyguards hurrying her to safety. a moment of uncertainty. when what was really happening just wasn't clear. it was anything but just another day. this morning, westminster a crime scene. but parliament today was determined its traditions would carry on unhindered. the spea ker‘s daily
procession, arcane as ever. mps cramming in where they had been locked down for hours. yet first, to show respect with silence. inside. and outside the westminster chamber. but yards from yesterday's escape, the prime minister's stood up today to reassure. beyond these walls today, in scenes repeated in towns and cities across the country, millions of people are going about their days and getting on with their lives. the streets are as busy as ever, the offices full, the coffee shops and cafes bustling. as i speak, millions will be boarding trains and aeroplanes to travel to london and to see for themselves the greatest city on earth. it is in these actions, millions of acts of normality, that we find the best response to terrorism, a response that
denies our enemies their victory, that refuses to let them win, that shows we will never give in. mps queued to speak to mark the sacrifice of pc palmer, killed trying to stop khalid masood getting in. listening, the mp who tried for minutes to keep him alive, as one of the officer's friends, now a member of this place, told his story. he was a strong professional public servant, and it was a delight to meet him here again only a few months after being elected. argument normally fills the air here. today rivals together. it behoves us all not to rush to judgment but to wait for the police to establish the facts, to stay united in our communities and not allow fear or the voices of hatred to divide or cower us.
no terrorist outrage, no terrorist outrage is representative of any faith or of any faith community, and we recommit ourselves to strengthening the bonds of tolerance and understanding. perhaps it was when, not if. it has been little short of a miracle that over the course of the last few years we have escaped so lightly. we must not allow, in the coming days and weeks, anyone to try and divide our country on the basis of faith and nationality after these attacks. we always know that the police keep us safe but yesterday in the most shocking of ways we saw how true that really is. but outside, more strident voices. the muslim community itself have got to root out this cancer, they've got to stand up and be counted, and ensure that if they do know people who are radicalised,
they report them to the police. but the home secretary urged caution before pointing the finger of blame. —— against pointing the finger of blame. of course there will be people who try to sow discord, but what i'm seeing so far is community leaders and people coming forward, trying to head that off immediately by saying, we will not be bowed by this. mi5 did know of this man and decided not to track him, that looks like an intelligence failure. that would be the wrong judgment to make. i'm confident that as we get more information, and i can't be drawn any further at the moment, that we will learn more and take comfort from the information that we have and the work that the intelligence services do. it clearly didn't work in this case. you are right, one got through, there may be lessons to be learned. but i want people to know that we don'tjust have a programme which stops people. we have a programme that enters into communities much earlier on to safeguard people from becoming radicalised. for all its usual conflicts,
here today there is almost a strange sense of calm. in the main, politicians with one thought, to be here, to turn up, to do theirjobs. but as the reality of exactly what happened yesterday begins to emerge, there is, creeping in, a deep unease. we understand it was one of the defence secretary's bodyguards who shot and stopped masood, not pa rliament‘s routine police. many wonder what more could have gone wrong. yet for any government, combining freedom and safety is perhaps the hardest of balances to get right. laura kuennsberg, bbc news, westminster. ever since the july 7th bombings in london in 2005, counter—terrorism age ncies have worked hard to improve their capacity to uncover major plots involving groups of people. but the threat posed by lone operators avoiding sophisticated methods,
is far more difficult to counter. our security correspondent, gordon corera, looks at the questions facing the intelligence agencies. tonight, questions about surveillance. khalid masood, the prime minister said, did come cross mi5‘s radar a few years ago. but he was not being watched at the time he was planning his attack. that has led some to question whether more could have been done to stop him. it's not a new question. after the july 7th bombings in 2005, it emerged some of the men had, like masood, cropped up on the periphery of an mi5 investigation. and the same was true of those responsible for the killing of lee rigby at woolwich. the security services and their colleagues in the police do a magnificentjob, and the intelligence services altogether know a great deal about what's going on. but there will always be the possibility to that somebody can get through. why does this happen? one problem for the
authorities is scale. at the moment there are around 3000 people suspected of some kind of terrorist—related activity. and there are more than 500 live police investigations. it takes dozens of people to watch one individual round the clock. that means there have to be choices. it is very difficult to prioritise which ones should be looked at and closely scrutinised closely at any one time. it is not an exact science. there are fine judgments that have to be made by senior police and senior intelligence officers, at haste often, with limited resources and partial information. many people cross mi5‘s radar. but the challenge, as one person put it, is working out who to put under the microscope and to try and spot if their behaviour changes over time. for instance, are they moving towards planning an actual attack? all of that is getting harder in a world of low—tech terrorists who sometimes can act alone.
so—called islamic state today claimed masood was there a soldier. but that doesn't necessarily mean he was directed rather than just inspired by them. investigators will want to know if there was any contact. police and mi5 rely on communities here for help. even if someone acts alone, it's rare for no one else to have had any knowledge or suspicions. but they need to be willing to pass them on. where they have come across people who they feel are creating divisions with our community, or purporting extremism and fundamentalism, they are saying to the security services, just be mindful about this individual. but they are also reluctant to do so, because sometimes they are not sure whether the security services will deal with them in a fair manner. surveillance by police and mi5 has foiled many plots in recent years. but at this early stage, it's impossible to say if this attack could have been stopped.
gordon corera, bbc news. laura kuenssberg is at westminster. laura, what's your reading of the government's response so far to yesterday's attack? time has been on fast forward since we spoke last night. we had the sight of forensic officers crawling over the cobbles of westminster behind me. tears and a tribute in the house of commons. in the wake of other terror attacks, whether here or elsewhere in europe, sometimes governments have said, we have to look at new ways of countering this thread. we have to look at new ways to respond. in contrast, the government position today has been very much that we must not do anything knee jerk. talking very much that we must not do anything kneejerk. talking to very much that we must not do anything knee jerk. talking to the home secretary earlier, she was clear she doesn't believe new legislation or an injection of new resources a re
legislation or an injection of new resources are the kinds of solutions that are required. the government's message has been very much getting on and trying very hard to get back to business as usual. as the home secretary has suggested, we may have too, in 2017, despite our best effo rts too, in 2017, despite our best efforts to combat this kind of attack, accept that, to use her phrase, there are a lot of bad people out there. of course, that is something that other european cities have had to face up to some painfully —— so painfully in the last couple of years, until yesterday, cities in britain had not had to realise or confront that in recent times. laura kuenssberg at westminster. we will have more from westminster. we will have more from westminster in a short while. first, some of the other main stories. the funeral of martin mcguiness, the former deputy first minister of northern ireland, has taken place in londonderry. large crowds lined the streets of derry to see his coffin taken from his home in the bogside area to st columba's roman catholic church, where
the congregation included the unionist leader, arlene foster, and the former us president, bill clinton. our ireland correspondent, chris buckler, reports. this is a place that makes a point of remembering. the sinn fein president, gerry adams, helped carry martin mcguinness‘s body through the large crowds of derry‘s bogside, and beside the many murals that detailed history that shaped him it was a time of violence, for which some will always hold martin mcguinness himself, at least partly responsible. but the attendance of presidents, irish prime ministers and political rivals at his funeral was testament to the years he spent building peace. and the applause for the unionist leader, british arlene foster, a sign of how despite all the many disagreements that still exist, northern ireland really has changed. applause i, in the course of years, have had many conversations
with martin and he knew only too well how many people struggled with his ira past. he was very aware of it. republicans, we know, were not blameless, and many people right across this community find it difficult to forgive and impossible to forget. s that is true on all sides and in the streets surrounding the church people gathered to reflect notjust on one life but what life here was once like. our friend earned this vast crowd today, even more, he earned the right to ask us to honour his legacy by our living. to finish the work that is there to be done.