Regan Pifer reports that just last week, London experienced its deadliest terrorist attack since 2005. Five dead, over 50 injured.
News reports suggest the attacker, Khalid Masood, acted alone and, major networks have enforced a lone wolf narrative the past two days. The Wall Street Journal, however, provides an interesting detail that makes us at The Federalist Papers raise an eyebrow…
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Police said they had made two “significant” arrests overnight in connection with Wednesday’s terror attack in London, the U.K. capital’s deadliest in more than a decade.
Police said Friday that the birth name of Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old man who carried out the deadly rampage outside Parliament, was Adrian Russell Ajao.
Mark Rowley, the U.K.’s top counterterror policeman, said in a morning press conference that there was no evidence of further threats but that investigators were trying to determine whether the attacker acted on his own or had accomplices.
“Our determination is to understand if either he acted totally alone, inspired perhaps by terrorist propaganda, or if other people have encouraged, supported or directed him,” he said.
With the two overnight arrests, nine people were now in custody, and one woman was released on bail overnight, he said. Police have seized 2,700 items from searches, including what Mr. Rowley described as “massive amounts” of computer data.
I guess I’m a little confused here…
Based off of the overnight arrests and the nine people in custody, it seems quite obvious that Khalid Masood did not act alone.
Something must have warranted the arrest of these additional people.
Time will only tell how these individuals were involved in the London attack.
But one thing is clear. Masood did not act alone in this horrific attack when he “mowed down pedestrians on a crowded bridge before crashing his car near the gates of Parliament and stabbing a policeman.”
Clearly, there is something implicating more people than just the assailant who carried out the attack.