Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

UK police, Muslim youths to link hands to mark London attack

Sherri Watson | 30 March, 2017, 01:53

Rohey Hydara, who has two young children with Khalid Masood, said that she was "saddened and shocked" by his attack at the Houses of Parliament.

In a statement released through the Metropolitan police, Hydara said: "I am saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done".

He said: "As I reflect on the atrocities committed in the heart of our democratic institutions, I am proud of the exemplary response of our police, security and emergency services".

The inquest into the victims of Masood's attack, including PC Palmer, was held today at Westminster's Coroner Court. "The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to extensive bone and skull fractures", said a statement from London's Metropolitan Police on the opening of the inquests.

Masood, 52, rammed a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, killing three people and leaving dozens injured.

WATCH: British investigators say Khalid Masood used an encrypted messaging app minutes before carrying out an attack near the British parliament.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will join families of the victims of the terror attack next Wednesday at Westminster Abbey for a "Service of Hope".

Organizers said the event would show that people would not be divided by the attack, with many holding hands in a show of unity.

Scotland Yard has said there is "no evidence" Masood was linked to Islamic State or al Qaida but he "clearly" had an interest in jihad.

Mr Mackey, who witnessed the fatal attack, also reiterated concerns voiced by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd this week, that secure communication platforms can hamper terrorism investigations.

Mr Mackey, who witnessed part of the incident, described how the "cowardly" attack has had a terrible impact on the victims' families. Relatives of American tourist Kurt Cochran, who was 54, said they bore no ill will toward anyone after Cochran was killed while walking along the bridge with his wife, Melissa.

Mr Cochran and his wife Melissa, from Utah, were on the final day of a trip to London to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when they were mown down on Westminster Bridge by Masood's auto.

Along with the man arrested Sunday, a 58-year-old man detained in Birmingham several days ago remains in custody in the case.

The force declined to comment on reports concerning the speed Masood reached during the attack.

Staff at the nearby St Thomas' Hospital, some of whom gave emergency aid to the victims, also gathered outside the hospital building to pay tribute.

He tweeted a photo from his London office showing a sea of people at the vigil, which lasted throughout the afternoon.