British Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed the London terrorist attacker was investigated by authorities and his identity was known to police and MI5.
The Prime Minster said the attacker was British born.
“The man was British born and … some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism,” she told parliament, adding: “He was not part of the current intelligence picture.”
May says police believe the man acted alone and there is no reason to believe “imminent further attacks” are planned.
She said the injured included: 12 Brits, 3 French, 2 Romanians, 4 South Koreans, 1 German, 1 Chinese, 1 Irish, 1 Italian and 2 Greeks.
‘”We should remember the bravery of the victims and those who keep us safe day in and day out,” she said.
May’s speech to parliament came after the second victim has been named as Aysha Frade.
The 43-year-old mother of two was reportedly on her way to pick up her children from school when she was caught up in the attack.
Eight people have been arrested and six addresses raided in London, Birmingham and elsewhere in connection with the Westminster terror attack, Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan Police’s senior anti-terror officer, said.
Mr Rowley said 29 people required hospitalisation and seven of them are in critical condition.
Despite earlier reports that four victims besides the perpetrator had died, Mr Rowley stated that there were in fact only three victims and police believed the attacker “acted alone” and “was inspired by international terrorism”.
A minute’s silence was observed in and around Parliament at 9am Thursday (local time) in honour of the victims.
The incident occurred around 2.40pm local time when a man mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in his car before stabbing a police officer to death at the entrance to Parliament.
South Australian woman Trish Neis-Beer was run over by the car..
Prime Minister Theresa May declared the incident a “sick and depraved terrorist attack”.
The man was gunned down by armed plain-clothed police as he sprinted towards Parliament’s entrance after stabbing an unarmed officer to death.
The police officer killed was Constable Keith Palmer, a 15-year veteran of the force and a father of two.
The 48-year-old was a member of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command that usually are armed and stand guard just within the gates of the Houses of Parliament.