The identity of the London attacker has been confirmed by police as Khalid Masood, 52, from Kent, contrary to the initial false identification made yesterday by Channel 4.
Since reports named Abu Izzadeen, many sources have claimed that he is still in prison. It remains unclear whether he had anything to do with the attack.
Trevor Brooks aka Abu Izzadeen's solicitor confirms to me that he is still in jail and cld not have been the attacker today at #Westminster
— Rym Momtaz ريم ممتاز (@RymMomtaz) March 22, 2017
The attacker, who drove a vehicle across Westminster Bridge, killing at least two people, before stabbing a police officer to death outside the Houses of Parliament earlier today, has been named by top journalists as Abu Izzadeen.
Abu Izzadeen, whose birth name was Trevor Brooks, was reportedly shot by police after the attack and later died of his injuries. He is a well known high-profile British Islamic extremist.
Channel 4 News‘, Rhodri Jones tweeted:
Channel 4 News says it has confirmed the attacker was Trevor Brooks aka Abu Izzadeen, well known to the security services and the media.
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) March 22, 2017
Abu spent time in jail back in 2008 for inciting attacks against the UK and the U.S. and for raising funds for terrorism groups such as al-Muhajiroun.
Izzadeen, who was brought up in Hackney, was released in May 2009 but continued in his outspoken extremist ways – featuring in numerous online videos inciting hatred.
Eerily he can be seen in one video urging people to ‘kill the British police’.
Back in 2015 he was arrested for breaching a travel ban when he and a man known as Simon Keeler were detained by police in Hungary and deported back to the UK.
The despicable character called the 7/7 attacks ‘completely praiseworthy’ and openly stated he ‘hopes to die as a suicide bomber’.
So far in today’s attacks four people have been killed including the attacker.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by today’s horrific and cowardly attack.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.