This is Teegan Harvey, 18 years old, daughter of Khalid Masood who a few days ago carried out a terrorist attack over the London Bridge who killed four people and wounded more than 50 during an 82-second rampage in Westminster last week. Her father had demanded that she become radicalized like him and possibly even a terrorist but she defied him, held her beliefs and did not follow on his steps and is instead in school. She uploaded her own photo on FB and stated that she defied her father and did not want to follow in on his steps and become a terrorist like him even though he tried to radicalize her.
Teegan decided not to follow her dad’s father and she kept living with her mother after her parents divorced. Her older sister however is believed to have been radicalized by her own father.
The attacker was identified by the Metropolitan Police as 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood. He was born Adrian Russell Elms, later changed to Adrian Russell Ajao, when he took the name of his step-father. Some media reports have suggested that he underwent conversion to Islam while in prison, after which he changed his name to Khalid Masood, though police have said he also used several other aliases, including Khalid Choudry.
Born in Kent, Masood was initially brought up in Rye, East Sussex, and later attended secondary school in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Most recently he was living in the West Midlands. When he was 16 he dropped out of school and by 18 he was taking drugs and was described as a heavy cocaine user. In 2000 he was sentenced to two years in prison for grievous bodily harm after a knife attack in a public house in Northiam in Sussex. In 2003 he was sentenced to a further six months in prison for possession of an offensive weapon following another knife attack in Eastbourne in Sussex. As well as these two prison terms, Masood had convictions for public order offences going back to 1983.
A British newspaper obtained a CV of Masood’s in which he described himself as having been a teacher of English in Saudi Arabia between November 2005 and November 2006 teaching in Jeddah. He was reported to have returned again from April 2008 to April 2009 in Jubail. After this, according to the CV he returned to the United Kingdom and worked at a TEFL college in Luton. In 2015, he made a brief trip to Saudi Arabia, which is believed to have been a religious pilgrimage During his time in Saudia Arabia he was not recorded as having a criminal record there.
Although he had been previously investigated by MI5, Scotland Yard said that Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack. He had not been convicted of any terrorism offences.
Masood spent the night before the attack at the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton in Sussex and was described as “laughing and joking” by the manager there.
On 23 March Scotland Yard stated that they believed the attacker was inspired by “international terrorism”. On 23 March, ISIL’s unofficial news channel, Amaq News Agency, announced that the attacker was “a soldier of the Islamic State, executing the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations”. The Home Secretary Amber Rudd, however, cast doubts on ISIL’s claim that Masood was acting as one of their soldiers. Analysts monitoring the group online said the claim appeared to be an effort to disguise ISIL’s losses in Iraq and Syria, adding that the lack of biographical information of the attacker and lack of specifics about the attack suggested it was not directly involved.
Scotland Yard stated that it was investigating whether the perpetrator was a lone wolf and inspired by terrorist propaganda or was being directed by others. On 25 March Neil Basu, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard, announced that investigators believed that he had acted alone, adding that, “We must all accept that there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this”.