Khalid Masood made ‘goodbye visit’ five days before attack that killed five, inquest hears

Khalid Masood, who killed five people in last year’s Westminster Bridge attack, told his mother not to believe people who labelled him a terrorist when he saw her for the last time, an inquest into his victims’ deaths has heard.

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, the counter-terrorism officer DCI Dan Brown said Masood visited his mother, Janet Ajao, five days before the attack in a “goodbye visit”.

Brown said: “As he [Masood] was leaving the house on 17 March, he turned over his shoulder and said: ‘They’ll say I’m a terrorist, I’m not.’”

Because it was said as Masood was exiting through the door, Ajao did not react, Brown told the court.

Masood, 52, mowed down pedestrians in an SUV on Westminster Bridge on 22 March last year before stabbing PC Keith Palmer to death at the gates of the Palace of Westminster. Masood was then shot dead by police.

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