Police found it took just 82 seconds for the terrorist attack to unfold
Study of CCTV camera footage from Wednesday and the timing of 999 calls revealed that barely a minute-and-a-half passed from the moment his rented vehicle mounted the pavement on London’s Westminster Bridge to the moment he was shot by a police firearms officer.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command last night confirmed that Masood swerved his car on to the northbound pavement at 2.40pm and eight seconds on Wednesday.
The rampage, in which he used his Hyundai Tucson 4×4 SUV to plough into pedestrians, lasted just 30 seconds before he crashed the car into the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster.
Masood swerved his car on to the northbound pavement at 2.40pm
We still believe that Masood acted alone
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu
It was 2.40pm and 59 seconds before police received the first 999 call – a whole 51 seconds after the beginning of the attack, as horrified witnesses tried to absorb the events unfolding before them.
Just 31 seconds later, at 2.41pm and 30 seconds, Masood was dead, shot by a close protection officer while running towards his second target, another uniformed police officer on duty at the gate.
Last night Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for UK Counter Terrorism Policing, appealed for more information.
It was 2.40pm and 59 seconds before police received the first 999 call
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“We still believe that Masood acted alone.
“But even if he acted alone in the preparation we need to establish with absolute clarity why he did these unspeakable acts to bring reassurance to Londoners, and to provide answers and closure for the families of those killed and the victims and survivors of this atrocity. Whilst the attack lasted only 82 seconds it will remain in the memories of many for ever.
“The thoughts of all those working on this investigation are with those so deeply affected by this atrocity.
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“We must all accept that there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this. That understanding may have died with him.
“Nevertheless, we are determined to understand if Masood was a lone actor inspired by terrorist propaganda or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him.
“If the latter proves to be the case, they will face justice.”