Westminster terror attack inquest begins

An inquest into the deaths of the five people killed in the Westminster terror attack last March is due to start at the Old Bailey. Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, and Andreea Cristea were run down and killed by Khalid Masood on Westminster Bridge on 21 March 2017, while the attacker also stabbed and killed PC Keith Palmer outside of Westminster before being shot dead by armed police officers. Mark Lucraft QC, the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, is expected to examine Masood's background, police records, and look into the fact that he briefly featured in MI5 investigations in 2009 and 2010. The coroner will also examine why the protection of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge was not increased after the fatal vehicle attacks in Nice and Berlin in 2016, and how well PC Keith Palmer was protected - by his body armour and by armed officers serving in Westminster. The first day of the inquest into their deaths has included CCTV images and footage of the moment victims of the Westminster terror attack were killed.


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