Amid confusing speculation about the identity of the London terror attack assailant, a leading terror expert has made a shocking claim live on television.
Nikita Malik – an expert on terrorism for the Quilliam global counter-extremism think tank – said the person believed to have carried out the atrocious attack is not dead.
In a shocking interview, which you can watch below, Malik made the claim twice:
Speaking to the BBC outside Westminster, Malik said:
I think the lack of speculation must be pressed here because we simply don’t know motive or tactics yet.
While the individual was able to use a knife and access a vehicle, which is something we’ve seen quite similarly to Islamist attacks around the world – and has been advocated by both al-Qaida and the Islamic State – we must remember that getting a weapon from your house and attacking an MP is something we’ve also seen in far-right extremism against Jo Cox, so we simply don’t know.
But if it is an attack of Islamist terrorism here, it will be interesting because this attacker is still alive, whether the Islamic State or other terrorist organisation will claim the attack – it’s usually unlikely if the suspect is still alive.
Both BBC journalists failed to clarify Malik’s apparent mistake that ‘this attacker is still alive’.
The suspect drove a car into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge yesterday afternoon, before getting out of the vehicle and stabbing 48-year-old PC Keith Palmer with a knife. Palmer died from his wounds.
Two more victims’ lives were claimed, including mum-of-two, Aysha Frade.
Reports claimed the as-of-yet unidentified terrorist was shot dead by police following the attack.
In the aftermath of a crime so heinous that has shaken Britain, the public deserves honesty.
Our thoughts are with the victims’ families at this devastating time.