The man responsible for the attack in London yesterday is being identified as Khalid Masood.
After hitting several people with a rented SUV and later stabbing an unarmed police officer, Masood was shot by police.
Per Daily Mail:
The 52-year-old ‘lone-wolf’ attacker, who was living in the Birmingham area, has a series of convictions for assault and other crimes but police insist there was no intelligence suggesting he was about to unleash a terror attack.
Kent-born Masood has never been convicted of terror offences, although Theresa May revealed this morning that he had been on MI5’s radar a number of years ago.
Masood, born just southeast of London, seems to have a history of crime:
A Scotland Yard spokesman said this afternoon: ‘Masood was also known by a number of aliases. He was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.
‘However, he was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.
‘His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. He has not been convicted for any terrorism offences.’
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Prime Minister Theresa May adds that intelligence agencies have previously investigated Masood:
Giving details of the attacker’s background in Parliament today, Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘The man was British-born and that – some years ago – he was once investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism. He was a peripheral figure.
‘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.’