On March 22, a terror attack took place in London outside of the Palace of Westminster. The attacker has been identified as 52 year old Khalid Masood.
On March 28, The Guardian reported that Masood’s former boss described him as “an ‘apolitical’ man who showed no interest in radical Islam in the two years he lived in Luton.”
Farasat Latif, a colleague of Masood, stated to the Guardian that Latif himself had in fact been involved in multiple confrontations with a radical Islamist group al Muhajiroun.
At 2:40 p.m. on March 22, Masood drove a car on the Westminster bridge and ran into multiple pedestrians. According to BBC, he then crashed the car into the railings near Parliament where he proceeded to run from the car and attack 48-year-old police officer Keith Palmer with two knives. Palmer died shortly after.
Many attempted to save his life, including Great Britain’s Boxing Coach Tony Davis and Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood. Ellwood attempted CPR on Palmer before he died.
Fifty other people from twelve different nationalities were injured in the attack, according to BBC. Kurt Cochran, Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes were killed in the attack alongside Palmer.
On March 26, the Telegraph reported that Masood was shot during the attack by “a close protection officer attached to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.”
Several Emory & Henry exchange students have shared their thoughts after the London attack.
“It was a terrible, unforeseen event. However, I know that the Londoners will be resilient and know that they must continue with their daily lives so as not to let the terrorists win,” said Sophie Musto, an American and Canadian Studies Major from the University of Nottingham.
“Obviously I was shocked when I first heard, and upset that something had happened. I was also slightly frustrated at being so far away from home, I felt so useless. However, I was also relieved that it wasn’t worse, for example compared to the Paris attacks, and a part of me knew that something was bound to happen at some point,” said Fiona Edwards a Classics studies major from the University of Exeter.
– Hailey Ellis