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Westminster attack: nine in custody after ‘significant’ arrests | UK news | The Guardian

foto – Met Police acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to the media on Friday morning. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters – Westminster attack: nine in custody after ‘significant’ arrests and

Police focusing on killer’s motivation and preparation, with 16 property searches concluded and 2,700 items seized

“Significant” arrests were made overnight linked to the terrorist attack in Westminster as detectives sought to establish whether the killer was part of a wider conspiracy.

As further details of the killer’s background emerged, acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley, head of the counter-terrorism command, said the arrests were made in the West Midlands and northwest of England, bringing the total in custody to nine. A woman has been released on bail.

“Our investigation focuses on his motivation, his preparation and his associates,” Rowley said. “While there’s still no evidence of further threats, you’ll understand our determination is to whether he acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda or if others have encouraged supported or directed him.”

Rowley gave detail on the breadth of the investigation: searches were continuing at five addresses, with 16 property searches concluded and a total of 2,700 items had been seized.

Some 3,500 witnesses have been interviewed, including 1,000 from Westminster Bridge and 2,500 on parliamentary estate.

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Standing on a terrace at New Scotland Yard with his hat removed, Rowley also confirmed that a fourth victim of the attack, 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, from Streatham, south London, had died overnight.

He also revealed that at least 50 people, of 12 nationalities, had been injured, with 31 requiring hospital treatment. “It’s a poignant reminder that the impact of the attack on the capital will reach around the world,” he said.

The birth name of the attacker, who mowed down pedestrians in a 4×4 on Westminster Bridge and stabbing to death a police officer during an attempt to enter the parliament building was revealed as Adrian Russell Ajao.

He was initially identified by police as Khalid Masood but has also used the aliases Adrian Elms and Khalid Chaudri.

The others killed in the attack were PC Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran, an American US tourist, and Aysha Frade, a teacher.

More details to follow.

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