Had been in jail twice for violent crime

The terrorist who brought carnage to Westminster on March 22 was a Muslim convert and violent criminal known to Metropolitan Police, it has emerged. The death toll in the attack has, meanwhile, risen to five, including the terrorist, Khalid Masood.

Masood (52) stabbed police constable Keith Palmer to death outside the Palace of Westminster after mowing down pedestrians on the nearby bridge.

Masood was born Adrian Elms in Dartford, Kent. He was brought up by a single mother in Rye, East Sussex. He had been in prison twice and police believe he may have been radicalised in jail.

Islamic State has hailed him as one of its “soldiers” after he was shot dead.  A statement published by the group’s Amaq propaganda agency claimed responsibility for the attack and said Masood was merely following a call made by it to launch attacks in countries allied to the US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq.