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Eight arrests as police name London terrorist
The knife-wielding man responsible
for the terror attack in Westminster,
has been named by London police as
Police say the 52-year-old Briton
and father of three had a range of
previous convictions for grievous
bodily harm, assault and possession
of weapons but had never been
convicted of any terrorism offences.
Masood was claimed as a “soldier”
of Islamic State by the terrorist group.
British police had also launched
overnight raids and made eight
arrests in relation to the incident.
The threat level for international
terrorism in the United Kingdom
was already listed at severe, meaning
an attack was “highly likely”.
Early yesterday Masood ploughed
a car into pedestrians on London’s
Westminster Bridge before fatally
stabbing police officer Keith Palmer
inside the gates of parliament, before
Masood was shot dead.
Masood was one of four people
killed on a day of bloodshed in the
heart of Britain’s seat of power, in
what British Prime Minister Theresa
May condemned as a “sick and
depraved terrorist attack”.
May also confirmed Masood was
known to intelligence authorities.
“ What I can confirm is that the
man was British-born and that some
years ago he was once investigated
by MI5 in relation to concerns about
violent extremism,” May told MPs in
her first House of Commons speech
after the attack.
“He was a peripheral figure,” she
added. “ The case is historic, he was
not part of the current intelligence
picture.” S he said there had been no
prior intelligence of his intent nor of
An American man from Utah,
named as Kurt Cochran was among
the dead, his wife Melissa among the
injured, the duo had been celebrating
their 25th wedding anniversary.
Londoner and mother of two Aysha
It is believed she was hit by the
attacker’s car and thrown under a bus
in yesterday’s atrocity.
An Australian permanent resident
named by News Corp as Trish Neis-
Beer, a German national who lives
and works in the Adelaide Hills, was
among those injured in the attack.
George Brandis told the Senate she
was receiving treatment in hospital
and consular staff were providing
Three police officers, several French
teenagers on a school trip, two
Romanian tourists, and five South
Koreans were among the injured
Many of the injured were visited
in hospital by May. The British PM
had earlier encouraged Londoners
to continue with life as normal, as it
would send a message to the terrorists
that they will not win.
“The greatest response lies not in
the words of politicians, but in the
everyday actions of ordinary people.
For beyond these walls today, in
scenes repeated in towns and cities
across the country, millions of people
are going about their days and getting
on with their lives,” May said.
“The streets are as busy as ever, the
offices full, the coffee shops and cafes
bustling.” — AAP
Scenes ‘like disaster movie’
A woman assists an injured person after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London yesterday.
described watching a terrorist
use a vehicle as a weapon to send
pedestrians flying like skittles —
including one thrown into the
Thames in London — before
plunging two 20cm knives into a
Michael Adamou, 25, was
driving the 453 bus when he
said he saw the grey Hyundai
four-wheel-drive speeding in the
direction of London’s Houses of
He said: “As I turned left out of
Whitehall to go over the bridge, I
saw a car knock two people over.
“Initially I thought, ‘He’s lost
control of the car’ but then I see
quite a few people rushing into
Parliament and police trying to
“After a few seconds I heard
gunshots. Everybody on my bus
was panicking. ”
He said the driver “started from
the hospital heading towards
Parliament and mowed down
whoever was in his way ”.
“I did not see him coming over
the bridge but I saw everybody
lying on the bridge, not moving.”
Adamou, who lives in central
London, said he believed at least
one woman had jumped into the
Thames to escape.
“The first thing I saw was the
two people lying lifeless on the
floor. They were on the pavement.
“He must have come down the
whole side of the bridge on the
pavement. I would say there were
at least 15 or 20 people.
“ When I was getting everybody
off the bus, because they made
us leave the bus on the bridge,
I heard one guy come running
behind me shouting his wife had
jumped into the river to avoid
getting knocked down.”
Witnesses said the aftermath
was like a scene from a
“ Hollywood disaster movie”.
The attacked killed four people
and injured up to 40, including
some with “catastrophic” injuries.
The killer driver aimed at a
group of tourists taking selfies in
front of Big Ben and, armed with
two knives, stabbed an officer
protecting Parliament in the
head and neck.
The killer began his rampage on
Westminster Bridge, hitting and
injuring a number of members of
the public, including three police
Witness Rob Lyon, 34, from
Rugby, who works in marketing,
said: “I heard a wheel definitely
hit a kerb and quite a large
crunch noise, I looked up and
saw a car clearly hitting people as
it came towards me.
“A colleague I was with, I heard
him shout but I just instinctively
jumped off the pavement and I
could see people getting hit. Then
the car just carried on up the
bridge and I just looked round
me in shock.
“I just saw people being hit by
a car at speed, it was harrowing.
I just sort of went into shock
“I just looked around me and
couldn’t really work out what had
“I was numb. It felt like I was
in the middle of a Hollywood
movie, you see these things but
suddenly I was in the middle of
“My first thought is I wanted to
tell my wife I was okay and my
“Then I wanted to check a lady
pillow and waited with her.
“I called the emergency ser vices
so and waited with her. I couldn’t
see the driver. I saw it come up
onto the kerb and then just
drive straight. It was so quick.
It probably joined the pavement
10m or 15m in front of me.”
Kiersten Hallow said: “ We’re
literally opposite where the car
ploughed into the fencing.
“I saw the car mounting the
cycle lane and go into the fencing
and then the next thing I could
see was a cyclist, I think, or some
pedestrian laying down and there
was a lot of steam coming out of
the car and an awful lot of noise
and shouting. ”
Former Polish Foreign Minister
Radoslow Sikorski, who is now a
senior fellow with the Har vard
Centre for European Studies,
was in a taxi on Westminster
He said: “I heard what I
thought was just a collision then
I looked through the window of
the taxi and I saw someone down
obviously in great distress and
then I saw a second person down.
Then I saw three more people
down one of them bleeding
Doctors at St Thomas’s Hospital
at the south end of the bridge
raced out to help, and described
finding “catastrophic injuries”.
Junior doctor Colleen Anderson
said: “I was on the ward and we
all just went out and helped and
got blankets. We are trained for
“ I walked past about nine
unconscious, some regained
described the moment the
attacker, believed to be carrying
two knives, began stabbing a
He said: “ We were just walking
up to the station and there was
a loud bang and a guy, someone,
crashed a car and took some
“They were just lying there and
then the whole crowd surged
around the corner by the gates
opposite Big Ben.
“A guy came past my right
shoulder with a big knife and
just started plunging it into the
Jayne Wilkinson said: “ We were
taking photos of Big Ben and
we saw all the people running
towards us, and then there was
an Asian guy in about his 40s
carrying a knife about seven or
eight inches long.
“And then there were three
shots fired, and then we crossed
the road and looked over. The
man was on the floor with blood.
“ He was running through those
gates, towards Parliament, and
the police were chasing him.”
A group of young boxers who
witnessed the attack said the
terrorist pursued the officer.
Frazer Clarke, 25, from Burton-
on-Trent, said: “ We heard a loud
bang and screaming and then I
noticed some smoke. I thought it
was a car crash.
“ I looked towards the front gate
and people were running, a police
officer and a fellow coming to the
gate with two knives.
“ He was stabbing the police
officer with the knives. The police
officer was stumbling and fell on
the floor. ”
Pat McCormack, 21, from
Washington in Tyne-on -Wear
added: “I saw him stabbing the
officer in the back of the head
and the back of the neck.
“ He was running away but then
he collapsed. ”
Steve Voake, 55, was walking
across the Westminster Bridge
towards South Bank when he
saw the aftermath.
He said he saw at least two
bodies lying on the road and one
in the water.
“ I saw a trainer lying in the road
and when I looked more closely
I saw that there were a couple of
bodies the other side of the road,”
he told the Press Association.
“ When I looked over the side
there was another body lying in
the water with blood all around
Rick Longley told the Press
Association he saw the man stab
Fighting back tears, he said:
“ We were just walking up to the
station and there was a loud bang
and a guy, someone, crashed a car
and took some pedestrians out.
“They were just lying there and
then the whole crowd surged
around the corner by the gates
opposite Big Ben.
“A guy came past my right
shoulder with a big knife and
started plunging it into the
“ I have never seen anything like
that. I just can’t believe what I
just saw.” — PA
Pope Francis will makes saints of
two of the three Portuguese shepherd
children believed to have seen a vision
of the Madonna 100 years ago at
Fatima, the Vatican said overnight.
The Pope, who is due to visit Fatima
in May for the 100th anniversary of
the reported apparitions, approved
decrees recognising miracles attributed
to the intercession of Francisco Marto
and his sister Jacinta Marto.
They died while they were still
children several years after the visions.
The third visionary, Lucia Dos Santos,
became a nun and died in 2005 at the
age of 97.
Francisco and Jacinta Marto were
beatified — the last step before
sainthood — by Pope John Paul in
The Catholic Church posthumously
confers sainthood on people
considered so holy during their lives
that they are now believed to be with
God and can intercede with him to
Miracles are usually the medically
inexplicable healing of someone.
The Church believes that the
Madonna gave the children three
messages, the so-called three secrets
The first two were revealed soon
and concerned a vision of hell, the
prediction of the outbreak of World
War Two, a warning that Russia
would “spread her errors” in the world,
and the need for general conversion to
God and the need for prayer.
The “third secret ” intrigued the
world for more than three-quarters of
a century, inspiring books and cults
convinced that it predicted the end of
In 2000, the Vatican said the third
secret was a prediction of the 1981
assassination attempt on Pope John
Paul on May 13, the same day of the
first reported apparition in 1917.
The Vatican did not say when the
sainthood ceremony of Jacinta and
Francisco Marto would take place but
Church sources said it was likely to be
held during the Pope’s visit in May.
Sainthood for Fatima visionaries
A statue of the Holy Virgin Mary of Fatima is carried during a candlelight
vigil, as pilgrims attend the 99th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin
Mary to three shepherd children, at the Catholic shrine of Fatima, Portugal,
in May last year.
Thousands farewell McGuinness
Thousands lined the streets of Martin
McGuinness’s home town overnight for
the funeral of the Irish Republican Army
commander who became a cornerstone
of Northern Ireland’s peace.
Former United States President Bill
Clinton was among the key figures from
the peace process who travelled to pay
their respects to the nationalist Sinn
Fein politician, who died on Tuesday at
66 from a rare heart condition.
He remains a figure of hate for many pro-
British Protestants in Northern Ireland for
his senior role in the IRA, which killed over
3600 people in three decades of violence
aimed at breaking Northern Ireland from
the United Kingdom and uniting it with
the Irish Republic. He is a hero to others
for defending his community from what
was seen as a hostile British State, and
for his role as one of the lead negotiators
in the 1998 peace deal that largely ended
the violence. “After all the breath he
expended cursing the British, he worked
with two prime ministers and shook
hands with the Queen,” Clinton, whose
hands-on role was central to brokering
peace, told the 1500 people packed into
St Columba’s Church. — Reuters
Scientists closer to
Scientists are a step closer to
unlocking the mystery of how to
reverse the ageing process.
They have discovered that a
natural compound found in fruit
and vegetables including avocado
and broccoli can help repair
DNA that has been damaged by
ageing and radiation exposure.
Their discovery has attracted
interest from United States
space agency Nasa and sparked
hope that it might one day help
improve the long-term health of
children with cancer.
So far the scientists from the
University of New South Wales
and Har vard Medical School
in Boston have only tested the
compound known as NMN in
They plan to start clinical trials
to test its safety in 25 people later
this year in Boston.
Their work, published in the
today, builds on previous studies
demonstrating the anti-ageing
effects of NMN in older mice.
The latest study focused on
NMN’s ability to repair DNA,
which gets damaged every time
we go out into the sun or are
exposed to radiation.
The ability of our cells to repair
the damage decreases as we age.
The scientists found that giving
mice a dose of NMN in their
drinking water improved the
ability of their cells to repair
DNA damaged by radiation or
“The cells of the old mice
were indistinguishable from the
young mice after just one week
of treatment,” the study’s lead
author professor David Sinclair,
who works at the UNSW and
Har vard and shot to fame after
identifying anti-ageing qualities
in red wine more than a decade
“This is the closest we are to
a safe and effective anti-ageing
drug that ’s perhaps only three to
five years away from being on the
market if trials go well.”
Nasa is working with Sinclair
and his UNSW colleague Dr
Lindsay Wu to see if NMN
could help protect astronauts
from having their body cells age
prematurely as a result of being
exposed to cosmic radiation.
The scientists won a Nasa
competition in 2016 designed
to help the space agency send
astronauts to Mars.
“That trip will take two years
in each direction, so that ’s four
years of being exposed to cosmic
radiation and this is likely to cause
a substantial amount of DNA
damage to those astronauts,” Wu
The scientists believe NMN
could also help repair the
damaged DNA of aircraft
passengers exposed to cosmic
radiation as well as children
with cancer who have undergone
Wu said nearly all childhood
cancer sur vivors go on to develop
by age 45 chronic illnesses
including cardiovascular disease,
type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s
conditions usually associated
with older adults. — AAP
Giving up smoking will prevent
cancer but the sad reality is that
this deadly disease does not
discriminate because human
beings are made of DNA capable
of making “mistakes”.
Cell mutations cause cancer and
United States scientists say nearly
two-thirds of cancer-causing
mutations are due to random and
unpredictable copying mistakes
made by the DNA.
Researchers at the Johns
Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre
in Baltimore, Maryland, have
for the first time estimated
the fraction of cell mutations
caused by these “potent ” and
“ under valued” mistakes.
“These cancers will occur
no matter how perfect the
environment,” Dr Bert Vogelstein,
of the oncology department at
Johns Hopkins University, said.
It is well known that
environmental factors such as
smoking and obesity increases a
person’s risk of getting cancer.
However many people still
develop cancer for no obvious
reason and even though they
follow all the rules of healthy
living — non -smoker, healthy
diet, healthy weight, little or no
exposure to known carcinogens
and and have no family history
of the disease. — AAP
DNA ‘mistakes’ cause most cancers
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