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London attacker 'was a normal family man'

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By Euronews
London attacker 'was a normal family man'

<p>The man who killed three people in an attack near Parliament in London has been named as Khalid Masood. </p> <p>The British-born 52-year-old was known to the police for a range of previous convictions for assault, but was not the subject of any current investigations.</p> <p>Born in Kent, his most recent address was in the West Midlands. Police raided one home in Birmingham, where a woman who says she was his neighbour said he lived for about five months, before he abruptly left just after Christmas.</p> <p>“So he was a normal family man he used to take the child to school in the morning, taking care of his garden outside. I saw him many times cutting the grass and coming back from shopping.”</p> <p>The police will be piecing together the evolution of a man, convicted of grievous bodily harm and possession of offensive weapons, to someone who mounted a terror attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State.</p> <p>Although the police believe he was acting alone, a series of raids was carried at six locations across London and Birmingham and eight arrests have been made. </p> <p><span class="caps">ISIL</span> has been threatening to attack London for 18 months. In a video message in which it claimed the Paris attacks, <span class="caps">ISIL</span> warned that the British capital was its next target.</p> <p>Wednesday’s attack was the deadliest in the country since 2005, when 52 people were killed by Islamist killers.</p>