London Attacker’s Daughter is a Rebel Who Defied Him and Refused to Wear a Burka


The daughter of Parliament attacker Khalid Masood fought against her jihadist father’s ideals and refused to give up her western lifestyle.The defiant 18-year-old who is second of the attacker’s three children, refused to wear a veil and submit to her father’s strict Islamic way of life.  Westminster killer Khalid Masood’s teenage daughter defied his orders to wear a burqa — and headed to a school prom night in a ­revealing backless dress.  Unlike her older sister, student Teegan Harvey, 18, refused to bow to pressure from fanatical Masood and convert to Islam. She had earlier come under pressure from her father to convert to Islam after she turned 16. Her successful businesswoman mother Jane, managing director of a chemicals company, fought desperately to prevent her younger daughter from joining her father.

Family friends said radicalized Muslim covert Masood, who killed four people and wounded more than 50 during an 82-second rampage in Westminster last week, demanded both his daughters become Muslims and don the veil. Older sister Andi, now 24, converted to Islam six years ago and left her mum Jane Harvey and sister Teegan behind at their home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, to move in with her dad and his new partner in Luton, Beds. They later moved to Birmingham where Andi is said to have been persuaded by Masood to cover herself in a burqa. She is also reported to have changed her name to an Arabic one.

Speaking exclusive to Dailymail., a close friend of Ms Harvey said: “Jane was totally against the idea and wanted Teegan to remain with her.

“But Andi was older and could be very headstrong, so she just went off and did it anyway.”

He said Andi was popular and attractive and he couldn’t understand why she had gone to live with her “nutter” dad.

Masood had changed his name from Adrian Elms after converting to Islam while in prison on remand for an alleged knife attack in 2003.

“Andi was a lovely girl but when she moved away to become a Muslim she cut off contact with her friends here.

“She went off to live with her dad after he converted her. I’m not sure why she went with him, he was a nutter.

“Teegan stayed with her mum.”

The friend said she last saw the eldest daughter when she came to visit her mother in hospital.

‘She was covered head to toe and said she never went out of the house unless she was covered up.’

‘Jane was very upset when she converted but she was over 18 and there was not much she could do about it.’

The girls are the daughters of Jane Harvey who Masood, 52, met in 1991 before he was radicalised in prison. Former Kent schoolboy Masood, born Adrian Elms but had several aliases in a long criminal career that included two prison sentences, met Ms Harvey in 1991 in a pub in Tunbridge Wells. The couple separated nine years later when he was jailed for GBH. When Masood was two years old, his mother, now 69, married Philip Ajao in 1966 and they brought him up in a £300,000 house in the seaside town of Rye, East Sussex, and later upmarket Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

A childhood classmate of Masood described him as a popular pupil who “liked to party”. He was also a keen schoolboy footballer. Then, two decades later, they moved to Tunbridge Wells, Kent, where they lived with Masood’s half-brothers, Alex and Paul. Paul lives in Banbury, Oxfordshire where he runs florist and fabric companies. A former friend at the school told the Standard he was a “clever, normal guy” who “liked girls and fags”. Graham Walmsley today told how the terrorist was “one of the lads”, who played football and rugby for their school and “just a normal kid.”

A childhood friend of the man then known as Adrian Elms told The Sun newspaper he emerged as a Muslim after serving a jail sentence. Mark Ashdown, 52, said: “When he first came out he told me he’d become a Muslim in prison and I thought he was joking.

“Then I saw he was quieter and much more serious.

“I gave him some cash-in-hand work for a few months as a labourer.

“He said he needed time to pray and read the Koran – something about finding inner peace.”

He added: “There were still flashes of the old Ade, but they were few and far between.

“I heard he’d split from his partner and got even more deeply into religion. But nothing could have prepared me for hearing his name on the radio.”

There is no suggestion that any of the family, including the elder daughter, is a radical Islamist or knew about her father’s extreme beliefs or his plans. Police have launched in investigation into what inspired Masood to carry out the horrific attack. They are hunting for any possible associates of his and have asked anyone with information about him to come forward.

Meanwhile, two men remain in custody over the deadly London attack as encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp faced criticism for potentially allowing terrorists to communicate undetected. A 30-year-old man and 58-year-old man were both arrested in Birmingham on Sunday on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts. They were among 12 arrested since the attack. Officers carried out 15 searches at various addresses in London, Brighton, Surrey, Carmarthenshire, Birmingham and Manchester. British press reports claim Masood used WhatsApp seconds before mowing down pedestrians and storming the Westminster parliamentary estate armed with two knives last week.