“The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition.”
“What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism.He was a peripheral figure,” she added.
“The case is historic, he was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent or of the plot,” she said, adding that his identity would be revealed when the investigation allowed.
“We meet here, in the oldest of all parliaments, because we know that democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”
“A terrorist came to the place where people of all nationalities and cultures gather what it means to be free and he took out his rage indiscriminately against innocent men, women and children,” said May.