He read the Koran, and then he went out and killed infidels. This isn’t rocket science. The Koran commands warfare against unbelievers. But British authorities, and authorities all over the West, are determined to ignore that.
A childhood friend of Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood has spoken of how his companion had completely changed after prison, where it is feared he was groomed for extremism behind bars.
According to Mark Ashdown, 52, there were still flashes of his old friend’s personality, but otherwise he was like a different person.
He told the Sun: “When he first came out he told me he’d become a Muslim in prison and I thought he was joking.
“Then I saw he was quieter and much more serious.
“I gave him some cash-in-hand work for a few months as a labourer.
“He said he needed time to pray and read the Koran – something about finding inner peace.”
Counter-terrorism officers have spent days piecing together what led the 52-year-old to shed his birth name and later unleash carnage on the capital.
Only two men – a 27-year-old and 58-year-old arrested in Birmingham – remain in custody after a hunt for accomplices saw 11 people held after raids across the country.
It remains unclear whether the destructive assault which left four dead and scores injured was carried out alone or with support.
Mr Ashdown said that Masood’s personality was buried beneath the “deeply religious” man he had become.
He continued: “There were still flashes of the old Ade, but they were few and far between.
“I heard he’d split from his partner and got even more deeply into religion. But nothing could have prepared me for hearing his name on the radio.”
His abrupt religious conversion will fuel concerns about the rising threat of criminals being brought under the influence of hardened jihadists while in prison.
Ministers have announced plans to create specialist units within jails to tackle what a government-ordered review last year concluded was a “growing problem”….