By Christian Smith
The mother of the man, who carried out the attack in Westminster, has condemned her son’s action.
Janet Ajao, released a statement saying: “I do not condone his [Khalid Masood’s] actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.”
Last Wednesday, Khalid Masood, 52 carried out an attack close to parliament, which many describe as the heart of British democracy.
Four people, including PC Keith Palmer died as a result of that the attack. Masood, born Adrian Elms drove his hired car into people on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed Palmer, 48, outside Parliament. Masood was shot dead by another police officer.
In her statement, Mrs Ajao said: “I am so deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions my son has taken that have killed and injured innocent people in Westminster. Since discovering that it was my son that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident.
“I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity. I wish to thank my friends, family and community from the bottom of my heart for the love and support given to us.”
Mrs Ajao’s statement came just as the Metropolitan Police confirmed that Masood had an interest in jihad but was not directed by the so-called Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for his actions, calling him their “soldier”.