The real identity of the terrorist who plowed a rented car into a crowd of people outside the UK Parliament yesterday has just been released and he’s not who was previously reported — it’s worse. Investigators now know more details about this jihadist, which means bad news for London.
As investigators were working to determine the details of the attack yesterday and information was breaking, it was reported that the London terrorist was Muslim hate preacher Abu Izzadeen. Now we know that the jihadist was 52-year-old Khalid Masood, a British-born Muslim, who had likely been radicalized in a tight network of Islamists within London.
“London police said Masood was born in Kent, England and was most recently living in the West Midlands. He had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses,” Fox News reported this morning.
Despite a violent criminal history, Masood was not currently under investigation or on intelligence official’s radar as a potential terrorist, according to a Scotland Yard spokesman, the Daily Mail reported. This goes to show that violent Muslims convicted of crimes need to be watched closer since it suggests a pattern of behavior that leads up to potential acts of terrorism. Masood just proved this, along with countless other jihadists in Europe and America who also have had similar criminal history.