British-born Khalid Masood reportedly used WhatsApp shortly before he ploughed through the crowds on Westminster Bridge on March 21st. Three people, he ran over and an unarmed policeman whom he later stabbed just outside the Parliament died, while scores of others were wounded in the attack.
“There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” Rudd was quoted as saying by the Guardian newspaper. “We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.”
Meanwhile U.K. police said there are no indications that Masood is connected with terrorist groups such as ISI or a Qaeda.
Masood had “an interest in jihad” but there are no indications that he discussed his attack plans with others, a report from CTVNews.ca quoted Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu as saying.
Basu also said that Masood’s method of attack “appears to be based on low-sophistication, low-tech, low-cost techniques copied from other attacks.”
The Mountain View, Calif.-based WhatsApp is a cross-platform service for instant messaging via cellular phones. Its parent company is Facebook.
According to the company, more than one billion people in more than 180 countries use WhatsApp to communicate.
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