The London terror attacker Khalid Masood’s original birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao, born on Christmas Day 1964, the Metropolitan Police revealed today.
His name is believed to have changed to Adrian Elms during childhood before his conversion to Islam when he became known as Khalid Chowdhury and later Khalid Masood. It’s understood Masood was once investigated by Mi5 for violent extremism but was discounted as a threat.
A 75-year-old pensioner who last night became the fifth person to die in the Westminster attack when his life support was switched off with permission of his next of kin – has been named as Leslie Rhodes , from Streatham in South London.
Police issued an urgent appeal this morning for anyone who knew Masood to contact them – especially if they know who his associates were.
Crucially they want to find out if anyone else was involved in the plot to attack Parliament and kill people on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said at a press conference this morning: “Yesterday we named the dead terrorist as Khalid Masood – we stated he had a number of aliases – we now know his birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao.”
He revealed the “fast paced” investigation has been called Operation Classific – “involving hundreds of officers from across the counter terrorism network”.
Police still don’t know if Masood was a ‘lone wolf’ attacker or working alongside/influenced by others – despite Islamic State having claimed he was one of their “soldiers”.