UK police make another arrest in parliament attack probe

March 27, 2017 4:00 pm

police
officers secure the area near the Houses of Parliament in central London
on March 23, 2017, the day after the March 22 terror attack in
Westminster. (Photo by AFP)

The British police have made
yet another arrest as part of their investigation into the recent terror
attack near the Parliament in London.

The Metropolitan
Police said on Sunday a 30-year-old man was apprehended in the central
English city of Birmingham “on suspicion of preparation of terrorist
acts.”
The police said the man is in custody under the Terrorism Act (TACT).
In
a statement, the police said they arrested a total of 12 people in
connection with the attack but nine were released with no further
action.
At least four people were killed and 50 others were
injured in the attack on Wednesday after the assailant plowed a car into
pedestrians and stabbed a police officer near the British Parliament in
London, an incident that has been declared a terrorist incident. The
attacker was also shot dead by the police.
Earlier, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the intelligence services must have access to encrypted social messaging services.

(L-R)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Acting
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Craig Mackey lead a
vigil in Trafalgar Square in central London on March 23, 2017 in
solidarity with the victims of the March 22 terror attack at the British
Parliament and on Westminster Bridge. (Photo by AFP) The
perpetrator of the attack in Westminster, British-born Khalid Masood,
is believed to have used messaging app WhatsApp on the same day.
However, rights groups said accessing social media messages amounts to spying and intrusion of people’s privacy.
The Saudi Embassy in the on Friday confirmed Masood had visited the kingdom three times.
Earlier, ’s The Sun newspaper
reported that the London attack suspect was a former English teacher
working at the institution controlling Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation.

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