Khalid Masood: London terror attacker ‘was not lone wolf’ but part of a wider conspiracy, security officials believe

Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

Killer used Whatsapp messaging service minutes before smashing hired car into railings at Parliament

Kim Sengupta, Lizzie Dearden

The terrorist Khalid Masood was not a “lone wolf” and others had played a key part in indoctrinating him and helping to carry out Wednesday’s deadly attacks in London, security officials believe.

The disclosure that the British-born Muslim convert was likely to have been part of a wider conspiracy came as armed police detained 11 people in raids across the country with two of the arrests, including that of a woman, described as “significant” in the investigation.

Three cars were also taken away for forensic examination. Police are still hunting associates of Masood who are believed to be linked to the Westminster attack.

It has also emerged that 52-year-old Masood used the Whatsapp messaging service just minutes before he smashed his hired Hyundai car into the railings at the Houses of Parliament.

A number registered to one of his previous addresses was in operation at 2.37 pm on Wednesday: the emergency services began to receive reports of the attack at 2.40 pm.

There is no evidence that anyone else accompanied Masood during the rampage in which he murdered four people and injured 50 others. But the timing and sequence of the radicalisation of Masood, born Adrian Elms, will, the law agencies believe, provide important pointers towards what unfolded.

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