London attacker’s mother, Janet Ajao, shocked, saddened over attack
The mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is “shocked, saddened and numbed” by his actions.
According to BBC, Janet Ajao said she had “shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident”.
Masood killed three people when he drove a car into pedestrians last Wednesday. He then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead.
Meanwhile, police say no evidence has been found of links between Masood and so-called Islamic State (IS) or al-Qaeda.
Mrs Ajao, from Trelech in Carmarthenshire, said: “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.”
Masood, 52, previously known as Adrian Ajao, carried out his attack within 82 seconds.
The Islamic State group has said it was behind the attack.
But Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, said that, while Masood “clearly had an interest in Jihad”, police had so far found no evidence of an association with the group or al-Qaeda, or that he had discussed his plan with others.
He said: “His methods appear to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low-cost techniques copied from other attacks, and echo the rhetoric of IS leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but I have no evidence or information at this time that he discussed this with others.”
Mr Basu also said there was also no evidence Masood was radicalised in prison in 2003 – describing this as “speculation”.
He said Masood had not been a subject of interest or part of the current domestic or international threat picture for either the security service or counter-terrorism policing.
There is also no evidence or intelligence that he was a subject of interest or a national security threat in security service or counter-terrorism police investigations connected with Luton or the long-banned al-Muhajiroun network.
He added: “I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why. Most importantly, so do the victims and families.