London terrorist attack outside British parliament: What we know
An attacker used a vehicle to mow down pedestrians before stabbing a police officer to death outside Britain’s houses of parliament on Wednesday afternoon, in what police described as a major terrorist incident.
The alleged attacker has not been named. The assailant is thought to have acted alone.
Four people are dead, including the alleged attacker who was shot by armed police at Westminster.
The victims include a police officer stabbed at the House of Commons who died despite the efforts of doctors and a passing government minister who tried to save him.
The two other victims were struck by a 4x4 vehicle that plowed into people walking on nearby Westminster Bridge.
At least 20 people have been injured, according to police.St Thomas Hospital says it is treating people with “catastrophic” injuries after the vehicle reportedly mounted the pavement on the bridge and “tried to mow people down.”
An eyewitness, Richard Tice, told RT: “For the whole length of the bridge, from south to north, there were people lying on the ground and I was then told that a car had driven from the south end all the way up the pavement to the north end of the bridge.
“I counted at least eight people injured on the ground.”
A woman with serious injuries is being treated after falling from the bridge into the River Thames. Eyewitnesses say a number of people either jumped or were knocked down over the side of the bridge.
Shocking videos and photographs show people lying on the bridge, bleeding heavily, with distraught members of the public rushing to their aid.
“We’ve declared this as a terrorist incident and the counter-terrorism command are carrying out a full-scale investigation into the events today,” Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told reporters.
Lawmakers were kept on lockdown inside parliament while police secured the scene, and tourists were trapped on the nearby London Eye for about three hours.
Downing Street says Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBRA) emergency meeting on Wednesday night.
May is safe after the incident, Downing Street said.
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