The muslim PR machine is getting better. These are both empathetic-sounding condolances....what bothers me is how his wife and mother pretend not to know about his radical thinking. That really sets off the bullshit-o-meter for me.
Westminster attack: Khalid Masood's wife 'saddened and shocked'
Rohey Hydara condemns husband’s actions and expresses condolences to the families of victims who died
Tuesday 28 March 2017 03.05 EDT First published on Tuesday 28 March 2017 02.55 EDT
The wife of the Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood, has said she is “saddened and shocked” by the atrocity, and condemns his actions.
Rohey Hydara spoke out after Masood’s mother, Janet Ajao, said she had “shed many tears” for her son’s victims.
In a statement released through the Metropolitan police, Hydara said: “I am saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done. I totally condemn his actions. I express my condolences to the families of the victims that have died, and wish a speedy recovery to all the injured.
“I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this difficult time.”
On Monday, the Met said Masood had had a clear interest in jihad and his methods echoed the rhetoric of Islamic State leaders.
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How the Westminster terror attack unfolded
However, the Met deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu, who is also the senior national coordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, said there was no evidence Masood had discussed the planning of his attack with others.
Basu added that the attacker’s communications on 22 March, when he drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer guarding the Palace of Westminster, killing four people in total, are the main line of inquiry.
Masood’s phone was reported to have connected with the encrypted messaging app WhatsApp just before the attack.
In a public appeal for people who were in contact with Masood to give evidence, Basu said: “If you heard from him on 22 March, please come forward now. The information you have may prove important to establishing his state of mind.
“His attack method appears to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low-cost techniques copied from other attacks, and echoes the rhetoric of Islamic State leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but at this stage I have no evidence he discussed this with others.”
Hydara was thought to have lived with Masood from about 2010. Her comments follow those of Ajao, who broke her silence on Monday, saying she was “shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions my son has taken that have killed and injured innocent people in Westminster”.
Masood was shot dead by a protection officer in the courtyard of the Palace of Westminster. His attack claimed the lives of PC Keith Palmer, American tourist Kurt Cochran, London sixth-form college administrator Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes, a 75-year-old window cleaner.
Since the attack, Ajao, 69, has been under armed police guard in west Wales, where she runs a craft business.
“Since discovering that it was my son who was responsible, I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident,” she said. “I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions or support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.”