PM May: 'Working Assumption' That Native Briton Terrorist 'Inspired by Islamist Ideology'
Authorities identified the terrorist who attacked Westminster Bridge and Parliament on Wednesday as a native-born Briton as ISIS formally claimed credit for the carnage.
The UK's Metropolitan Police also confirmed that an American in London to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary was among the dead.
Kurt Cochran, 54, of West Bountiful, Utah, was thrown off the bridge and landed on concrete below when the terrorist's Hyundai SUV plowed through pedestrians in the shadow of Big Ben. Cochran's wife, Melissa Payne Cochran, suffered a broken leg and rib as well as a head wound, and was expected to recover, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The Cochrans were planning to return today from a trip through Europe, ending in London as Payne Cochran's parents served as Mormon missionaries there.
"We express our gratitude to the emergency and medical personnel who have cared for them and ask for your prayers on behalf of Melissa and our family. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries," the family said in a statement. A GoFundMe page was established to help Payne Cochran; the couple ran a local recording studio.
Aysha Frade, 43, of London was heading from her job as a Spanish department head at a local college to pick up her two young girls from school when she was struck and killed, the Telegraph reported.
Five people remained in critical condition, two of those with life-threatening injuries. Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament today that victims included 12 Britons, three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian and two Greeks. Two of the three police officers also wounded were listed in serious condition.
The police officer stabbed to death outside Parliament after the bridge attack was identified as Keith Palmer, 48, of the Metropolitan Diplomatic Protection Group. "I've known Keith for 25 years. We served together in the Royal Artillery before he became a copper. A lovely man, a friend. I'm heartbroken," tweeted Member of Parliament James Cleverly.
"Keith Palmer was killed while bravely doing his duty - protecting our city and the heart of our democracy from those who want to destroy our way of life," said London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Palmer was unarmed at the time of the attack. An armed officer, reportedly a member of the defense minister's security detail, arrived and fatally shot his assailant, Khalid Masood, 52, of West Midlands. Masood was born in Kent and had a history of criminal convictions not related to terrorism, with his last conviction for possession of a knife in 2003.
The SUV used in the attack was reportedly rented from Enterprise, with the BBC reporting that Masood listed his profession as teacher.