Multiple people have been injured after a horrifying stabbing on the Westminster Bridge outside of U.K. Parliament, and now the attack suspect has been identified as Abu Izzadeen. Here’s what we know.
UPDATE 5:30 pm EST: Although Abu Izzadeen was originally named as the suspect that committed the attack in London on March 22, the BBC has now learned that the Islamic extremist is NOT responsible for the attack, and is still in prison serving time for past crimes. The true suspect has yet to be named.
The U.K. Parliament attack suspect has been ID’d as Abu Izzadeen, according to The Independent. The terrorist that killed 5 people on Westminster Bridge and hurt 40 more was a radical Muslim cleric who has formerly been convicted of inciting terrorist acts.
The well known extremist, who once went by Trevor Brooks, was killed by police during the attack on March 22. The Guardian reports that Izzadeen was raised by Jamaican parents, but he converted to Islam when he was 17 years old. He was was convicted of inciting terrorism in 2008 after giving a hateful speech at London’s Regent Park mosque. He was again arrested and convicted in 2016 when he left the U.K. in 2015 without notice. For this, he was sentenced to 2 years in prison.
As we previously knew, a stabbing and vehicular homicide was reported outside the UK Parliament, near Portcullis House, on March 21, when a man mowed down up to a dozen innocent pedestrians on the bridge before exiting the car. He then allegedly stabbed a police officer with a knife. The assailant was shot by police shortly after.
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Members of the House of Commons in the parliamentary complex were put under lockdown as police worked to get the situation — which was referred to as a “terror incident” by London’s Metropolitan Police in an official statement — under control, and the BBC broadcast images of wounded people with “catastrophic injuries” receiving medical care on the Westminster Bridge. At least one person was declared dead. Fortunately, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, evacuated shortly after the shooting occurred and was deemed safe.
It’s also worth pointing out that today, March 22, marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic suicide bombings in Brussels, Belgium. Just awful.
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