ISIS have claimed the British-born ‘lone wolf’ jihadist who killed three and injured at least 29 in yesterday’s Westminster attack was part of their terror group.
The attacker, described by witnesses as ‘Asian and in his forties’, has not been named by police while investigations continue into any possible associates.
But, giving a statement in the Commons today, Prime Minister Theresa May said he was a British citizen who was known to the police and security services, having been investigated some years ago over violent extremism.
Mrs May said he was a ‘peripheral’ figure and ‘was not part of the current intelligence picture’. She also told MPs there was ‘no prior intelligence’ of his intent.
According to the SITE Intel Group, which monitors jihadist groups, an ISIS statement said: ‘The attacker yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London was a soldier of the Islamic State executing the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations.’
The details of his background will raise questions over what security officials knew about the assailant and what decisions were taken when he first appeared on the radar.
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