Monday, July 22

Westminster killer Khalid Masood’s wife totally condemns attack



The wife of Westminster killer Khalid Masood has said she is saddened and shocked by his murderous rampage which left four dead.

Rohey Hydara, who is understood to have lived with Masood in Birmingham, said: “I totally condemn his actions.

I express my condolences to the families of the victims that have died and wish a speedy recovery to all the injured.

It comes soon after his mother also branded his actions as an atrocity.

Mark Rowley, Metropolitan Police assistant deputy commissioner, named the Westminster attacker as 52-year-old Adrian Russell Ajao, who later changed it to Khalid Masood. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, calling Masood a soldier of the Islamic State.

In the attack, five people – including the attacker – have died and at least 50 injured. A Romanian woman, who fell from the bridge, is stable in hospital.

The four victims of the March 22 terror incident have been identified as Aysha Frade, a college worker in her 40s; Kurt Cochran, 54, from Ohio, U.S.; Police Constable Keith Palmer, 48; and Leslie Rhodes, a 75-year-old from London.

Police officers stand on Westminster Bridge on March 23.

Janet Ajao, 69, gave a statement through police in which she spoke of her distress at discovering her son had been the maniac who ploughed through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police office to death.

I am so deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions my son has taken that have killed and injured innocent people in Westminster, she said.

Since discovering that it was my son that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident.

I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.

Masood was fatally shot by a police officer after carrying out his attack last Wednesday, in which at least 50 people were also injured.