London Police Say Motive Behind ISIS-Claimed Attack Will Likely Remain Unknown

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Police investigating the terror attack Wednesday in London think the motive behind the attack will remain unknown.

Khalid Masood — a convert to Islam who spent significant time in Saudi Arabia and was identified as a possible jihadist — was shot dead after plowing his car through pedestrians, killing two and injuring dozens, on Westminster Bridge before stabbing and killing an officer outside the parliament. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but investigators have found no evidence suggesting Masood acted on orders from any group.

“We still believe that Masood acted alone on the day and there is no information or intelligence to suggest there are further attacks planned,” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Neil Basu said Saturday, according to The Independent.

Police have made a number of arrests since the attack but just one remains in custody. The chances of figuring out Masood’s are now slim, according to Basu.

“We must all accept that there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this. That understanding may have died with him,” Basu said. “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.”

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