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London Terror Attack Deadliest in UK in Over a Decade

Three people died and 40 were injured in a terror attack in London earlier this week, when a car ran into a crowd of people outside the Parliament building. Police have named the perpetrator as 52-year-old British man Khalid Masood. The attack was the deadliest in the United Kingdom in the last decade.

Masood drove a car into groups of people gathered on Westminster Bridge before stabbing and killing British police officer Keith Palmer. The other fatalities of the attack included American tourist Kurt Cochran, who was visiting London from Utah with his wife; and 43-year-old British national Aysha Frade, a teacher. Armed officers shot and killed Masood at the scene of the attack.

The London assault occurred on the one-year anniversary of the ISIS bomb attacks in Brussels, and used a vehicle as a weapon; similar to previous attacks in Nice, France and Berlin, Germany. Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that Masood was once linked to violent extremism and believed to have been inspired by Islamist ideology. Shortly after the attack, an ISIS-affiliated news agency claimed the extremist group to be responsible.

Khalid Masood had previous convictions, but none for terrorism offenses - his most recent arrest in December 2003 was for possession of a knife. His convictions included assault, grievous bodily harm, and possession of offensive weapons. Masood was investigated years ago, but was regarded as a "peripheral figure," according to May. Masood is currently believed to have acted alone, with a working theory that the attack was "ISIS-inspired," as opposed to directly orchestrated by the terror group.

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