The conversion of Trevor Brooks

The Independent reports that the perp has been identified.

Abu Izzadeen, who was born Trevor Brooks, has been named in reports as the man who drove a car into the Houses of Parliament and attempted to attack police officers.

His views were far from secret: videos of him can be seen across YouTube, in which he rants about how important it is to kill the police and how everyone in Parliament are kufar, or infidels.

Not quite: he says those raised as unbelievers are kufar, but those born and raised Muslim are apostates. He helpfully names Sadiq Khan and Baroness Warsi. (Khan was an MP before he became Mayor.)

In other words he was a loathsome man who peddled loathsome ideas.

Izzadeen was born in Hackney in east London and named Trevor Brooks. He converted to Islam just before he turned 18, in 1993, originally changing his name to Omar but preferring to be known by Abu Izadeen.

He is thought to have been radicalised after he met other famous islamists Omar Bakri Muhammed and Abu Hamza al-Misri at Finsbury Park Mosque in the 1990s. From there, his engagement with terror appeared to grow – he praised the 7/7 suicide bombers and expressed his hope that he too could die a suicide bomber.

He died as a suicide driver and stabber.

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