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Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood phoned family week before attack to say: "I'll be dead and in paradise soon"

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/04/2017 Francesca Gillett

Paramedics help a victim into the back of an ambulance at Westminster Bridge © Getty Images Paramedics help a victim into the back of an ambulance at Westminster Bridge Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood reportedly phoned his family a week before the attack and said: “You will soon hear of my death, but don’t worry… I will be in paradise.”

Masood, 52, killed five people and injured dozens of others in the rampage after he ploughed his car along Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer outside Parliament.

A source told the Mail on Sunday that the Kent-born killer made a farewell phone call to his family one week before the atrocity last month.

He reportedly told them: “You will soon hear of my death, but don’t worry, be happy, because I will be in a better place, I will be in paradise.”

He went on to add: “I want you to be happy for me, I don’t want you to be sad.”

According to the newspaper, Masood told his family he wanted the phone conversation “to be our secret”.

The five victims murdered in the 82-second rampage were PC Keith Palmer, Pensioner Leslie Rhodes from Streatham, Spanish teacher Aysha Frade, US tourist Kurt Cochran and Romanian Andreea Cristea.

Masood, who had lived in Birmingham, was shot dead by an armed police officer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.

Detectives probing the killer said he had “a number of aliases” and was born Adrian Russell Ajao.

The Met Police previously revealed their investigation showed that Masood had not been radicalised during his time in prison and he had no links to IS.

Officers said there was no evidence he had discussed his planned attack with anyone else, and his method of attack was “low sophisticated, low tech and low cost”.

His communication on the day and in the run up to the attack has been one of police’s key lines of enquiry.


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