Terrorist Khalid Masood lived couped up in a tiny room decorated with an iconic photo of Westminster in the months before he carried out the Westminster attack, it has emerged.
New photographs reveal the inside of the shared flat in Birmingham where Masood spent the final months of his life lifting weights and obsessing over internet sites, the Daily Mirror reported.
The 52-year-old left his wife Rohey Hydara and their two young children for the flat above a Birmingham restaurant, where he is believed to have plotted the atrocity.
Masood, a Muslim convert formerly known as Adrian Elms, cooked his meals in a communal room containing the large Ikea print of a double-decker bus.
The picture, which includes a City of Westminster sign, shows streets just a mile from the atrocity on the bridge, which claimed five lives.
Masood is understood to have moved into the room, which is rented for £450-a-month, last December.
For the first week he made repeated demands for the internet to be fixed and seemed “desperate” to get online, according to his flat mate.
Ilyas Ilkgun, 26, told the Mirror he had been shocked to find he had lived next to a terrorirst for three months.
He added that he may have got inspiration for the horrific tragedy from the picture of a London street that hung in their communal living room.
He vanished from the flat three days before his attack in Westminster.
Ilkgun said Masood would spend hours lifting weights, never had any visitors during his three months in the flat, and was obsessed with having internet access in the flat. He said he believed this was so the terrorist could prepare and plan his attack.
When armed police entered the terrorist’s room they found pop music playing on a loop.
Ilkgun revealed Masood's room, where he spent most of his time, was bare except for furniture and the gym equipment.
“He lived in his own tiny world, just the four walls of his room. The way he lived wasn’t healthy, he never saw daylight and he never went outside," he said.
“He couldn’t find any reason to hold on to life.”
Masood also reportedly owed hundreds of pounds to the taxman and was being chased by HMRC at the time of his death.
His flatmates told the Mirror that Masood, who was then unemployed, was paying HMRC £100 a month over an unpaid tax bill.
They also claimed the terrorist would deliberately lock them out of the flat by bolting the front door.