London terror attacker Khalid Masood was violent but not an extremist
Farasat Laif – director at the language school Elas UK in Luton where Masood worked between 2010 and summer 2012 – said the murderer was an “intelligent black man” who didn’t have anything in common with Asian radicals.
Mr Latif claimed Masood was not interested in the radical groups, and told the Guardian: “He must have come into contact with them, because they don’t stand there… they will go up to you and they will be in your face, you can’t avoid them.
“I remember he did once ask me about them, he said who are they.”
Masood was involved in several confrontations with members of the radical Islamist group al Muhajiroun during his time in Luton.
On one occasion, Masood drove members of the radical group away from the street stalls they set up in Bury Park.
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Describing the murderer as “intelligent”, Mr Latif said Masood was also “apolitical, middle-class and middle-aged”, which separated him from radicals.
The 52-year-old who stabbed PC Keith Palmer, did not appear to be a “potential extremist” because he seemed ignorant about Israel and Palestine issues.
PC Keith Palmer was among four innocent victims of Khalid Masood's bloody rampage
When news of Masood’s name was published last Thursday, it did not occur to Mr Latif that it was his former employee.
Mr Latif said: “I thought, oh no, I’d better ring Khalid and tell him that killer in London’s got the same name as you… It’s a fairly common name but I knew it was a Khalid Masood, I knew he was black, but I still thought it can’t be the same guy, what a coincidence.”
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But upon realisation, he said the incident left him in a state of shock, leaving him "distressed, angry and sickened".
The attacker’s former boss said the only time he saw Masood angry was when the English Defence League announced a march through the city.
Latif said Masood was “absolutely livid” and threatened to kill them if they crossed his path.