'This is a terrible attack at the heart of our democracy' - First Minister

First Minister Carwyn Jones has described a suspected terror attack at Westminster as "a terrible attack at the heart of our democracy."

Four people were killed and dozens more were injured after a car and knife attack in London on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mother of Westminster attacker 'saddened and shocked' by his actions

The mother of Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood, has spoken of her shock over her son's actions.

Credit: Metropolitan Police

In a statement sent out by Dyfed-Powys Police on her behalf, Janet Ajao -who currently lives in Carmarthenshire - said she doesn't condone nor support the beliefs which led him to carry out the attack.

Khalid Masood, who was born Adrian Ajao, used a vehicle to mow down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge last Wednesday.

PC Keith Palmer also died during the attack.

I am so deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions my son has taken that have killed and injured innocent people in Westminster.

Since discovering that it was my son that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident.

I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.

I wish to thank my friends, family and community from the bottom of my heart for the love and support given to us.

– Janet Ajao


Police search Welsh home of terror attacker's mum

Police outside a home at Trelech, Carmarthenshire. Credit: ITV Wales

A house in Carmarthenshire searched by detectives after the Westminster terror attack is understood to belong to the attacker's mother.

The rural property near the village of Trelech was searched yesterday.

One police van remains guard outside along with up to three officers.

Police visited the address, where Khalid Masood's mother lives, along with properties in Birmingham and London.

Dfyed-Powys Police said the occupants are not suspects and have not been arrested. They added that the search has now concluded and there is no threat to the area.

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Police finish Carmarthenshire search following Westminster terror attack

Police searching a property in Carmarthenshire in relation to yesterday's terror attack in Westminster say the search is over and no-one has been arrested.

Police continue investigations in London after Wednesday's terror attack. Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Eight arrests have been made so far following searches in Birmingham and London.

Dyfed Powys Police say there is no threat within Carmarthenshire.

The Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU), supported by officers of Dyfed-Powys Police, have today provided assistance to The Metropolitan Police, following yesterday's incident in London.

In doing this, they have conducted a search of one property in Carmarthenshire – this search has concluded.

The occupants are receiving appropriate support. They are not suspects and have not been arrested.

There is no threat to the area and we are supporting the broader investigation by the MPS Counter Terrorism Command.

– A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson

Police confirm property search in Carmarthenshire following Westminster terror attack

Emergency services on Westminster Bridge after the attack Credit: PA

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that officers are continuing to search a property in Carmarthenshire in relation to yesterday's terror attack in Westminster.

Police say eight arrests have been made following searches in Carmarthenshire, Birmingham and London.


South Wales Police to review security arrangements

A police officer in Parliament Square in London, Credit: PA Images

South Wales Police say they will be reviewing their current security arrangements following the events of the Westminster terror attack.

I extend the sympathies of all of us at South Wales Police to those affected by the grave events in London yesterday.

In the light of this incident in Westminster, South Wales Police is reviewing its current security arrangements and monitoring updates from the Metropolitan Police Service.

I want to reassure the public that there is no specific threat to this region. However, the public are urged to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious incidents.

Police visibility will increase in certain areas, such as crowded places and iconic locations across the South Wales Police force area. The threat level across the UK is currently at Severe.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected by yesterday’s terrorist incident.

– Chief Constable Peter Vaughan,

Flags lowered as minute's silence observed in Senedd

The flags were lowered to half-mast outside the Senedd Credit: Nick Powell

AMs, Assembly staff and visitors have held a minute's silence in solidarity with MPs, who were also remembering those killed in the terrorist attack on Westminster.

It took place at 09:33, the same time as the minute's silence in the House of Commons. Meetings of Assembly committees were paused and the flags outside the Senedd lowered to half-mast.

AMs and officials paused for a minute's silence at meetings in the Senedd Credit: Senedd TV

We expect Assembly business to proceed as planned. Our security service and the police are working closely together. The police have increased the presence of armed officers around the Assembly estate and surrounding area as a precaution.

– Presiding Officer Elin Jones AM

Welsh MPs pay tribute to police officer killed in Westminster attack

PC Keith Palmer was a husband and father Credit: Met Police

Welsh MPs have paid tribute to an unarmed police officer who was among four people killed in a suspected terror attack in Westminster yesterday afternoon.

PC Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed by a man armed with two large knives inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

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