London terrorist’s mum breaks silence after deadly attack

Armed police react following a major incident outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain 22 March 2017
Armed police react following a major incident outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain 22 March 2017 EPA/ANDY RAIN

THE mother of the man who carried out the deadly terror attack in London has said she is "too upset" to comment on the incident.

Janet Ajao, 69, was approached at her farmhouse in South West Wales by The Sun before speaking briefly with a police officer.

A police source said: "She is too upset and adamant she won't make any comment on anything at the moment."

Janet and her husband Phillip, who is Masood's stepdad, live in the village of Trelech in Welsh-speaking rural Carmarthenshire.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley confirmed on Friday the dead terrorist was Adrian Russell Ajao. He said the force had made two "significant" arrests overnight leading to nine people in custody and one woman who was released on bail.

He said five searches were ongoing and 16 had been completed, with "massive amounts" of computer data seized during the raids.

"We're keen to hear from anyone who knew Khalid Masood well. Anybody who understands who his associates were and places he's recently visited," he said.

On Friday, police revealed the Kent-born 52-year-old had converted to Islam and changed his name to Khalid Masood. He has also used the alias Khalid Choudry.

Two undercover cars were stationed outside the family home although there was no evidence of it being searched.


A fifth person has died after injuries sustained in the attack. He has been named as Lesley Rhodes, a 75-year-old man from South London.

Two people remain in critical condition, one with life threatening injuries. Two police officers also remain in hospital.


US tourist Staci Martin has shared a picture she took with slain policeman Keith Palmer within an hour of his death.

The Florida woman said she asked the police guard for a picture outside Westminster.

"It's my first time in London and I see his hat and I'm like I have to take a picture of him with his hat," she told ABC News.

"I walked up to him and said 'do you mind if I take a picture?' He said 'no problem', he was really nice."


It's also emerged that Khalid Masood managed to run through the gates of Parliament as they were opened for a car carrying Acting Police Commissioner Craig Mackey who was leaving a ceremony at Parliament House.

Commissioner Mackey revealed yesterday he was a witness to the event and had to give a statement like anyone else.

The bizarre coincidence will be subject to investigation as questions have been raised over whether security could have been any more stringent at the site.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said a full review will be conducted. Police and emergency services have been praised for their response.


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