JUST IN: ISIS has officially claimed responsibility for the horrific terror attack yesterday in the United Kingdom, and described the attacker as a “soldier of the Islamic State.” It appears that the attacker was likely a radicalized Muslim.
Prime Minister Theresa May said that the attacker was “a British citizen who was known to the police and security services and had been investigated some years ago over violent extremism.”
Officials have now said the lone wolf maniac was inspired by “Islamic terrorism” and had been investigated for violent extremism by MI5 before he mowed down crowds on Westminster Bridge and stabbed cop Keith Palmer to death outside Parliament.
May told Parliament this morning: “What I can confirm is the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism.”
May described the man as a “peripheral figure” who was “not part of the current intelligence picture.” She noted also that there was “no prior intelligence’ of his intent.
A statement released through ISIS-linked Aamaq news agency said the attacker was a ‘soldier of the Islamic State’.
Despite Mrs May’s statement, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately responded by demanding people do not “rush to judgement” and warned again “fear and hatred”.
Former interim Labour leader Harriet Harmen said the attack should not “be used as a pretext for division… and Islamophobia”. The Prime Minister “absolutely” agreed