Saudi embassy confirms UK terrorist had been in Saudi Arabia
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Saudi embassy confirms UK terrorist had been in Saudi Arabia

Before taking the name Khalid Masood, he was known as Adrian Elms; time in Persian Gulf nation may provide clues to his radicalization

In this March 22, 2017 photo, Khalid Masood is treated by emergency services after a fatal attack outside the Houses of Parliament, London. British Police named Masood on March 23, 2017, as the terrorist who carried out the attack. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP).
In this March 22, 2017 photo, Khalid Masood is treated by emergency services after a fatal attack outside the Houses of Parliament, London. British Police named Masood on March 23, 2017, as the terrorist who carried out the attack. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP).

LONDON (AP) — The man who killed four people outside Britain’s Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the Persian Gulf country’s embassy said.

Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009, a Saudi Embassy statement released late Friday said.

Masood had a work visa during those times, and then he returned for six days in March 2015 on a trip booked through an approved travel agent, the embassy said. Saudi security services didn’t track him and he didn’t have a criminal record there.

Before taking the name Masood, he was known as Adrian Elms. He was known for having a violent temper in England and had been convicted at least twice for violent crimes.

This is an undated photo released by the Metropolitan Police of Khalid Masood. Authorities identified Masood, a 52-year-old Briton, as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism watch list. (Metropolitan Police via AP)
An undated photo of Khalid Masood.. (Metropolitan Police via AP)

Masood drove his rented SUV across the crowded Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, striking pedestrians. Then he jumped out and attacked police officer Keith Palmer, who was guarding Parliament, fatally stabbing him before being shot dead by police.

In all, he killed four people and left more than two dozen hospitalized, including some with what have been described as catastrophic injuries. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

British officials said security at Parliament will be reviewed after new footage emerged that showed large gates to the complex were left open after Masood rushed onto the grounds.

There are concerns accomplices could have followed him in and killed more people. The footage shows pedestrians walking by the open gates and even a courier entering the grounds.

A police officer lays flowers on Whitehall around a photograph of police officer Keith Palmer who was killed in the March 22 terror attack in Westminster, in Westminster near the Houses of the Parliament in central London on March 23, 2017. (AFP/ Justin TALLIS)
A police officer lays flowers on Whitehall around a photograph of police officer Keith Palmer who was killed in the March 22 terror attack in Westminster, in Westminster near the Houses of the Parliament in central London on March 23, 2017. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

The new footage follows the release of earlier video showing slight delays and confusion during the evacuation of Prime Minister Theresa May from Parliament as the attack unfolded.

Masood, who at 52 is considerably older than most extremists who carry out bloodshed in the West, had an arrest record dating to 1983. The violence came later, first in 2000 when he slashed a man across the face in a pub parking lot in a racially charged argument after drinking four pints, according to a newspaper account.

Hundreds of British police have been working to determine his motives and possible accomplices. Two people remain in custody for questioning. They are two men, aged 27 and 58, who were arrested in the central English city of Birmingham, where Masood was living. Authorities haven’t charged or identified the two men.

Seven others who had been arrested in connection with the investigation have been set free. A 32-year-old woman arrested in Manchester, and a 39-year-old woman arrested in east London, were released on bail.

Passersby care for a victim of a terror attack outside British Parliament in London on March 22, 2017. (Screen capture/YouTube)
Passersby care for a victim of a terror attack outside British Parliament in London on March 22, 2017. (Screen capture/YouTube)

Details about how he became radicalized aren’t clear. His time in Saudi Arabia may provide clues. He was also jailed in Britain and may have become exposed to radical views while an inmate.

Masood’s last conviction was in 2003, also involving a knife attack. It’s not clear when he took the name Masood, suggesting a conversion to Islam.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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