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British Police Identify Suspect In London Attack

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PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY: Yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy, but today we meet as normal as generations have done before us and as future generations will continue to do to deliver a simple message. We are not afraid.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

That's British Prime Minister Theresa May today. She was talking to lawmakers at the House of Commons about the terror attack that unfolded just outside that Parliament building yesterday.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Police have identified 52-year-old British-born Khalid Masood as the attacker. Driving an SUV, he plowed through pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge yesterday afternoon. He then crashed into a railing outside the Parliament, got out of the car and fatally stabbed a police officer before being fatally shot himself.

MCEVERS: At least 30 people were injured in the attack, and five died, including Masood, the police officer he stabbed and the pedestrians who were hit on the bridge.

CORNISH: One of those pedestrians was an American, Kurt Cochran of Utah. He was on the last day of a European vacation celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary. His wife, Melissa, is in the hospital with serious injuries. Here's Utah Governor Gary Herbert today.

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GARY HERBERT: Our prayers go out to the Cochran family. We pray for Melissa's recovery and all those who are injured and certainly ask for help and peace and comfort given to those who've been harmed in this tragic terrorist attack. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.