London attacker named as Khalid Masood, 52, from Kent
Islamic State encouraged readers of its online magazine Rumiyah in 2016 to use vehicles to kill and injure. In photo: An air ambulance lands in Parliament Square during the London terror attack. Photograph: (Reuters)
British Police identified the London attacker as 52-year-old Khalid Masood, born in Kent in southeast England.
London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Masood was known by "a number of aliases" and had been living in the West Midlands, which includes the city of Birmingham where there was an armed police raid overnight.
The police had earlier identified the attacker as a British-born man once investigated for possible links to extremist violence, AFP reported.
Islamic State claimed the attack Thursday, AFP reported, citing the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the jihadist group.
"The perpetrator of yesterday's attack in front of the British parliament was a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was carried out in response to calls to target coalition countries," Amaq said citing a "security source".
(WION with inputs from AFP)