Terrorism Strikes England

Posted on April 11, 2017 by

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On 22 March, Khalid Masood rented an SUV in downtown London, England, and plowed through pedestrians on the Westminster bridge.

Khalid Masood was a 52-year-old man who was born in Dartford, England. He was married and had three children and spent most of his life moving around England. He also spent time in prison.

According to Telegraph.co.uk, a childhood classmate of Masood described him as a popular pupil who “liked to party”.  Khalid had multiple offenses on his records but none were terroristic offenses.

ISIS took credit for the attack and branded Khalid a “soldier” for his actions on Wednesday.  

According to nypost.com, using vehicles as weapons is a page straight out of the ISIS textbook and may be the new terroristic trend. The reason it is popular is how undetectable it is. Unlike a gun or a bomb, a car is not something the police force can look for and identify as a risk. They are also easily attained and do not require much training to use, contrary to a gun or a bomb.

According to nypost.com, “The terror group, ISIS, which took credit for the London attack, has specifically called on followers to weaponize vehicles and kill ‘infidels’ gathered in outdoor spaces throughout the West.

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