Not ‘far-right’, just right…..
Westminster killer had links to hotbed of extremism in the UK: Masood spent time with banned group while living alongside other fanatics in Luton
- London killer Khalid Masood spent time with the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun
- 52-year-old lived in Luton alongside Islamic fanatics who planned UK terror plots
- During three years in Luton Masood appeared on MI5’s radar through contacts
- Security services started to re-examine links to extremism after London attack
The full extent of the Westminster attacker’s links to a ‘hotbed of terror’ in a British town can be laid bare today.
Khalid Masood spent time with the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun which influenced a generation of home-grown terrorists.
The 52-year-old lived in Luton alongside dangerous Islamic fanatics who have been responsible for some of the most chilling terror plots in the UK.
During his three years in the town Masood appeared on MI5’s radar as they investigated terrorists planning to bomb a Territorial Army base, sources said. Inquiries into him were not pursued as he was not considered a threat.
Security services started to re-examine his links to extremism in Luton after he murdered three people by driving a car into them then stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead in the grounds of Parliament last Wednesday.
Masood moved to Luton in 2009 with Rohey Hydara, who would become his second wife, after two stints teaching English in Saudi Arabia. By this stage he had converted to Islam and was beginning to express an interest in jihad.
Anjem Choudary still casting a very long shadow over Luton and the rest of the UK