UK Parliament – Terrorist Attack – March 22, 2017

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BBC News

London attack: Two killed in Westminster ‘terror’ incident

March 22, 2017

A police officer and a woman have been killed near Parliament in central London in what Scotland Yard are treating as a terrorist incident. The woman was among several pedestrians struck by a car on Westminster bridge, before it crashed into railings. An officer was stabbed in the Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police. Police said there were “a number of casualties” and a “full counter-terrorism inquiry” was under way. Writing on Twitter, BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said it is understood from multiple sources that two people were in the vehicle on the bridge. Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee later. Met Police Commander BJ Harrington said he was unable to confirm details of casualties. Speaking outside Scotland Yard, he urged the public to stay away from the area around Westminster to allow emergency services access.

London Ambulance said it had treated at least 10 people on Westminster Bridge. The Port of London Authority said a woman has been pulled alive from the River Thames near the bridge and was being treated for serious injuries. The French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said three French school pupils were among the injured and offered “solidarity with our British friends, and full support” for the wounded students and their families. Junior doctor Colleen Anderson from St Thomas’ Hospital confirmed the death of the woman and said a number of other people were hurt – some with “catastrophic” injuries. She said she also treated a police officer in his 30s with a head injury, who had been taken to King’s College Hospital. She said the woman had died at the scene. “Some had injuries they could walk away from or who have life-changing injuries.”

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WMUR

British Parliament attack: What we know

March 22, 2017

  • A lock-down remains in place in the British Parliament after an assailant mowed down a group of pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge.
  • The attack began at 2:40 p.m.
  • At least 20 people have been injured after the vehicle hit pedestrians. Some injuries have been described as “catastrophic.”
  • One female victim has been confirmed dead. Her name has not yet been released.
  • The assailant then attacked a policeman, stabbing him. BBC News reports the officer died at the scene.
  • The assailant was then shot and killed by police.
  • A fourth person has died, according to Scotland Yard. They have not yet been identified.
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May was at Parliament when the attack occurred. She was then escorted from the scene by security.
  • President Donald Trump has been briefed on the on-going situation by his national security team.
  • British port officials say they pulled an injured woman from the Thames River.
  • French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says that French high school students are among the wounded in the attack in London. The group was in London for a school trip.

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DW

Death toll rises after terror incident outside of UK Parliament – live updates

March 22, 2017

What we know so far:

  • The British Parliament is in lockdown following two separate incidents in which an assailant was shot after stabbing a police officer and a car mowed down several people on the Westminster Bridge.
  • Police said they are treating the events as a “terrorist incident” but haven’t disclosed a suspect, a possible motive or the official number of victims.
  • British media are reporting that at least four people have been killed, with many others suffering “catastrophic injuries.”

All updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

18:43 Interior Minister Amber Rudd said the British people’s security was the government’s top priority. “The British people will be united in working together to defeat those who would harm our shared values: values of democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.”

18:15 US President Donald Trump has spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May about the attack at Westminster. Trump reportedly offered the support of the US government.

18:05 Police confirmed that four people have died and at least 20 people have been injured. One of those who died was the attacker.

18:04 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has released a statement regarding the incident. “Although the background to these acts are not yet clear, I reaffirm that Germany and its citizens stand firmly and resolutely alongside Britons in the struggle against all forms of terrorism,” Merkel said.

17:40 One of the people confirmed killed was a police officer, the BBC reported. The officer died at the scene.

17:25 Several French high school students were among those injured in the attack, according to French officials.

17:22 DW London correspondent Abigail Frymannrouch said the scene near Westminster was calm “but for roar of helicopters.”

17:20 Officials said they have pulled a woman, injured but alive, from the Thames River.

17:15 DW’s Sofia Diogo Mateus reports that Facebook has activated its safety check feature.

16:44 Scotland Yard Commander BJ Harrington confirmed during a press conference that police are treating the actions as “a terrorist incident” but that they “remain open-minded to the motive,” calling it an “ongoing investigation.” He said that there were “a number of casualties, including police officers,” but couldn’t confirm the number or natures of the injuries. He said he was “not prepared to speculate” and appealed to the public for more information.

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hindustantimes

Police still seeking 1 assailant in London terror attack outside UK parliament

Marc 22, 2017

Police are still searching for one of the two people believed to have launched Wednesday’s attack outside the British parliament building, assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph newspaper Christopher Hope tweeted, citing senior government sources. A BBC journalist said two assailants were believed to have been in a vehicle involved in the attack. “BBC understands from multiple sources two assailants in vehicle on Westminster Bridge,” BBC correspondent Dominic Casciani said on Twitter. Wednesday’s chaos unfolded after a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others with injuries described as ‘catastrophic’. Around the same time, a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain’s Parliament, sending the compound into lockdown. Authorities said they were treating the attacks as a terrorist incident.

A police officer was also among those killed in an attack just outside Britain’s parliament building, the BBC reported on Wednesday, quoting a lawmaker who provided medical assistance. The officer reportedly died at the scene. British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency security committee. “There is a COBR meeting taking place today,” a spokesman at the office of the British Prime Minister said. The attacks come on the anniversary of the suicide bombings in the Brussels airport and subway that killed 32 people.

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ITV

Westminster terror attack: Four dead as pedestrians mowed down and police officer stabbed

March 22, 2017

Four people have died after a knifeman brought terror to the heart of Westminster before being shot by armed officers on Wednesday afternoon.

Here is what we know so far:

  • The attacker, armed with two large knives, mowed down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge
  • He then rushed at the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament, fatally stabbing a police officer
  • The knifeman was shot dead moments later by another officer
  • Two people are thought to have died in the incident on the bridge
  • A group of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge
  • A woman ended up in the Thames and was treated for serious injuries after being pulled from the water
  • Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee later on Wednesday

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Reuters

Police officer killed in UK parliament attack: BBC

March 22, 2017

A police officer was among the people killed in an attack just outside Britain’s parliament building, the BBC reported on Wednesday, quoting a lawmaker who provided medical assistance. The officer died at the scene, the BBC said. An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain’s parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a “terrorist incident”.

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CNN

British politicians tweet through their lockdown in Parliament

March 22, 2017

(CNN)British lawmakers were locked down inside Parliament on Wednesday as a frightening scene unfolded outside. Three people died after an attacker rammed a car into crowds outside Parliament, police said. Authorities were treating it as a terror attack.

Members of Parliament took to Twitter to post messages and updates to the outside world.
George Freeman watched the Metropolitan Police coordinate the lockdown, touting them for their “incredible bravery.”Several members of Parliament also turned their attention to the emergency personnel putting their lives on the line. “The news coming in from Westminster attack is chilling. My heart and prayers go out to those affected and to our brave emergency services,” Jim McMahon said.
While others were staying put, Labour politician Jonathan Reynolds rushed to the day care center in Westminster Palace to see his 2-year-old son, Seth, as panicked scenes unfolded outside Parliament. “Thanks for messages. Not able to speak to anyone at present but we’re doing okay here. Thoughts and prayers with those most affected,” Reynolds said via Twitter. “All of our thoughts are with the people who have been injured in this attack outside Parliament on Westminster Bridge, and our hearts go out to them and to their families at this really, really difficult time,” Hilary Benn said.
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Al Arabiya News

Here’s what this UK Parliament attack witness said of the incident

March 22, 2017

A witness at the Westminster attack in front of the UK Parliament told news outlets that a car “overtook him after the first signal and ran over a man.” He added that “after a few meters, he ran over another – there were a lot of people on the bridge near the parliament.”

Related: WATCH: Moments after car runs over civilians in Westminster

Two people have been reportedly killed in an attack that took place outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday and dozens have been injured. British police shot a suspected attacker after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a “terrorist” incident.

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Channel NewsAsia

UK parliament attack: What we know

March 22, 2017

LONDON: Britain’s parliament went into lockdown on Wednesday (Mar 22) as a police officer was stabbed and the alleged assailant shot, reportedly after ploughing down pedestrians on one of London’s busiest bridges. Here is what we know about what police are treating as a terrorist attack:

WHAT HAPPENED?

In quick succession at around 2.40pm (1440 GMT, 10.40pm Singapore time) on Wednesday, media reported gunfire outside the parliament and, separately, that several people had been injured in an incident on Westminster Bridge next to it, a busy traffic conduit that is also a popular tourist spot due to its views of parliament and its “Big Ben” clock tower. David Lidington, a government minister who is the leader of the lower House of Commons, told the chamber that a police officer had been stabbed on the parliamentary estate and that armed police had shot the alleged attacker in response, adding that there had been “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity”. Unconfirmed media reports said the attacker mowed people down on the bridge in a car before veering towards the parliament building and ramming the railings surrounding the grounds. He got out and attacked the police officer before he was shot.

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inquisitr

London Parliament Attacks: Trumps says suspected terrorist attack is ‘Big News’

March 22, 2017

The knife-wielding man attacked the policeman while dozens of tourists to London were taking photos of the famous historical site, and parliamentary business was in full swing inside the buildings.

A witness described what the incident looked like from inside London’s famous parliament buildings.

“Someone rushed through, attacked a policeman… he appeared to be carrying a knife. We heard lots of gunfire.”

George Eaton, a journalist for London political publication the New Statesman, was at work in the parliament building’s press gallery when the ULondon terrorist attack occurred. He wrote a quick description of what he and others could see from the window of the press gallery.

“From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing the man before he entered the parliamentary estate. After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police. Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks.”

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the crowd of tourists and others around the historic area of Londond fled the attacker as he wreaked havoc outside the parliament buildings.

“We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.”

Just prior to the attack, a gray car ran over pedestrians on London’d iconic Westminster Bridge. The Irish Times reports that the car was driven by the same person who stabbed the policeman inside the parliament complex perimeter moments later. The attacker drove his car into at least five people on the bridge before “crashing it into railings then running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster and stabbing the officer.”

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The Independent

Westminster Parliament attack: Witnesses describe chaos as car ploughs into pedestrians and policeman stabbed

March 22, 2017

Witnesses have described scenes of chaos after a police officer was stabbed and a suspected assailant was shot outside London’s Houses of Parliament in a suspected terror attack. Approximately 12 pedestrians were also mowed down by a car on Westminster Bridge. One woman has died and a number of others, including the police officer, have been hurt, according to a junior doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital. Some were described as having “catastrophic” and “life-changing” injuries. Van driver Mitchell Spree, 27, told The Independent he was driving along Embankment when he saw people being evacuated from nearby buildings. He said: “Then we pulled on to the bridge. A lady was laying at the entrance to the bridge. There was about five more people.

“She was crying. She was speaking to the paramedic. I don’t know what the others were like. The police asked us to leave our van. It’s still on the bridge. It’s shocking.” A second witness, Tawhid Tanim, told The Independent he heard three shots – “bang, bang, bang” – some 10 or 15 metres from the Caffe Nero coffee bar where he was waiting for friends. He said: “It was so loud. People were running like crazy.” He saw the aftermath of the car striking railings outside Parliament however he could not be sure if someone, or something, was underneath. He said: “I couldn’t see it properly. I started running.” Police officers told the crowds to “just keep running,” he said.

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NDTV

UK Parliament Attack Live Updates: No Indians Hurt In UK Parliamant Attack, Says Sushma Swaraj

March 22, 2017

A policeman was stabbed, an assailant shot and several people injured on Wednesday close to Britain’s Houses of Parliament in what police said they were treating as a terrorist incident. Reuters reporters inside the building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament. His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one apparently under a bus. The number of casualties was unclear. Indian-origin lawmaker Keith Vaz was among those inside the building along with 400-odd members. “We are all locked in the chamber in the House of Commons, there are 400-odd MPs here and we cannot leave,” Mr Vaz told NDTV.

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Mirror

Parliament ‘terror attack’: Car ‘deliberately mounted pavement and mowed down 10 people’ on Westminster Bridge before ‘assailant’ shot

March 22, 2017

A car mowed down around eight to ten people “at speed” on Westminster Bridge moments before a suspected ‘knife attack’ occurred at the Houses of Parliament. Details are still emerging but what’s being described as a separate ‘violent incident’ in the vicinity of the attack – and while there is no official line yet, numerous commentators are linking them. It’s also being called a “mass casualty event” where a number of people have sustained “catastrophic injuries’ according to one doctor treating them – who also said at least one woman has died, yet to be officially confirmed. Police say they are treating this afternoon’s Westminster attack as terrorist related “unless they discover otherwise”. Shocking video has emerged showing chaotic scenes and a number of people lying injured on the bridge. One terrified eyewitness said that a vehicle had ‘deliberately’ mounted a pavement a hit people before crashing into a barrier.

They said they saw between eight and ten people lying in the road injured. Another witness, who did not want to be named, said: “I saw a car go out of control and saw people lying on the floor, about 10 people maybe”. It’s also being claimed that people dived off the bridge to avoid the oncoming car – yet to be confirmed, although pictures of people lying injured below the bridge have emerged. There are unconfirmed reports of one person being spotted lying face down in the River Thames. A photo has emerged of what looks like a body lying under a bus on the bridge – but there have been no confirmations of any fatalities.

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