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UPDATE: Terrorist attack in Westminster

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 21:15 GMT

Detectives investigating the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday, 22 March can confirm that a 75-year-old man died tonight, Thursday, 23 March.

The man had been receiving medical treatment in hospital following the attack and life support was withdrawn this evening. 

Next of kin have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained family liaison officers.

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Detectives investigating the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday, 22 March, can confirm that although formal identification awaits, the man who died can be named as Kurt Cochran.

Mr Cochran, aged 54, is from Utah, USA.

Family liaison officers are supporting his family and the family of a woman, aged in her 40s, who died. At the request of her family we will not be releasing her name.

Five people remain in a critical condition and one person has life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are continuing to search a number of addresses linked to the investigation:

- Three in Birmingham.

- One in east London.

Searches at addresses in Carmarthenshire, Brighton and south east London have concluded.

A 39-year-old woman [A] was arrested at an address in east London on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

A 21-year-old woman [B] and a 23-year-old man [C] were arrested at an address in Birmingham.

A 26-year-old woman [D] and three men aged 28, 27 and 26 years old [E; F; G], were arrested at a separate address in Birmingham.

All six [B-G] were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

All seven arrests [A-G] were made overnight.

A 58-year-old man [H] was also arrested this morning at a separate address in Birmingham on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

[A] is being detained under PACE and [B-H] are being detained under TACT.

After the fatal shooting of Khalid Masood by a police firearms officer, as is required, a referral was made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The Metropolitan Police Service and the IPCC have agreed working arrangements relating to terrorist incidents and those were put in place.

The investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command into the terrorist attack on Wednesday continues to develop at a fast pace and involves hundreds of detectives.