A policeman has been stabbed and his attacker shot down by the police after a major terror attack outside the UK Parliament on March 22 that saw about a dozen people moved down by car. The man, who was carrying an eight-inch long knife, tried to break into the UK Parliament and was approaching another officer before he was shot down. According to the reports from BBC, several shots have been heard outside the British Parliament and the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster are in lockdown.
What we know so far:
- Four people have been reported dead, and at least 20 others injured.
- The policeman and the attacker and a woman was killed on the Westminster bridge.
- A man with knife tries to break into the Palace of Westminster.
- He’s shot down by the police, but he stabs a policeman.
- The attacker mowed down up to a dozen pedestrians on the bridge.
- Scotland Yard treating attack as ‘terrorist incident’
- Theresa May is safe and driven away from Parliament
- Houses of Parliament, roads and Westminster underground station on lockdown.
- Members of Parliament locked in, told to stay away from windows.
1:15 am: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the “Canadians remain united with the people of the UK”. Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande has said the “French government fleet” will take families of injured French children to London.
Bournemouth MP @Tobias_Ellwood helped injured policeman in Parliament – gave mouth-to-mouth. His brother was killed in Bali terrorist attack
— Peter Henley (@BBCPeterH) March 22, 2017
12:32 am: When the world was showing sympathy to the victims of the Westminster terror attack with the #PrayForLondon, Londoners start a Twitter trend #WeAreNotAfraid defiantly proclaiming that the terrorists haven’t won.
To the policeman who was killed today at Westminster protecting lives in our parliament, you are a true British hero. #wearenotafraid
— Olivia Millington (@xOliviaAlice) March 22, 2017
— Nerea (@Fangiirl_22) March 22, 2017
11:45 pm: India condemns Westminster terror attack
India strongly condemned the terrorist attack in London that reportedly killed four persons and injured several others, with MEA spokesperson tweeting that there is no place for terrorism in a democracy.
India strongly condemns Westminster terrorist incident & condoles loss of life. No place in democracies & civilised societies for terrorism.
— Gopal Baglay (@MEAIndia) March 22, 2017
The Indian High Commission in London has called on any Indians injured in the Westminster terror attack to contact them for assistance and avoid traversing the Parliament Square in Britain.
Any Indians injured during Westminster incident today may reach Public Response Unit of HCI ASAP:
— India in the UK (@HCI_London) March 22, 2017
11:35 pm: Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, confirms four killed in the Westminster terror attack, including the police officer who was stabbed, the top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley has confirmed.
11:30 pm: Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said that President Donald Trump has spoken to Theresa May. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” he said.
11:23 pm: French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said via his tweet that French students have been hurt in the London attack. He expressed condolences with the British and offered support to the families and friends of the injured students.
11:09 pm: A woman was pulled alive from the River Thames beside the bridge where a major terror attack saw pedestrians hit by a car. However, she had suffered several injuries.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 22, 2017
11:01 pm: After the gruesome Westminster terror attack, the British Prime Minister May is to convene emergency security committee, the spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the police are treating the attack outside UK Parliament as planned by terrorists, however, the investigations are underway.
10:43 pm: “We stand ready to assist in any way the U.K. authorities would find helpful,” the U.S. State Department said. “Our hearts go out to those affected,” spokesperson Mark Toner further said adding that the United States Embassy in London is closely following the updates and is ready to help any affected Americans.
10:38 pm: After two days of debate on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for another referendum on leaving the United Kingdom, there were plans by the Scottish lawmakers to vote. The debate was halted midway after the members urged the House to do so out of respect for the policeman who was stabbed by the knifeman.
10:18 pm: Keith Vaz, British Labour party politician, told NDTV that about “400-odd MPs” have been “locked in a chamber in the House of Commons”. He further added that the doors have been sealed and they couldn’t get out from there.
10:07 pm: After the terror incident at Westminster, the Buckingham Palace’s gates have been closed as a precautionary measure, CNN reported.
9:57 pm: Meanwhile, the Metropolitan police has urged the people not to share pictures of those wounded in the incident.
Please use common sense and restraint in circulating pictures and videos of those that have been injured during the incident in #Westminster
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017
9:45 pm: One woman has died and others have “catastrophic” injuries after terror attack on Westminster Bridge, a junior doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital tells The Telegraph.
9:40 pm: London Ambulance Service has “declared (the shooting at Palace of Westminster) a major incident” in a statement. “We have declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible,” the statement read.
9:30 pm: Reactions to the horrific shooting outside the Palace of Westminster has got the attention of British politicians.
British Conservative politician Sheila Noakes tweets:
Shots in Parliament Square. People running like crazy.
— Sheila Noakes (@1SVN) March 22, 2017
9:20 pm: Here’s all we know until now:
- Major security incident at the House of Parliament
- Man tries to break into the Palace of Westminster.
- Shot down, but he stabs a policeman.
- His car crashes into the fence, mowing five people down.
- A source confirmed to BBC that UK PM Theresa May was “OK”.
A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people. pic.twitter.com/tdCR9I0NgJ
— Radosław Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) March 22, 2017
9:15 pm: CNN reports Member of Parliament Gerald Howarth saying that the incident “appears to be very, very serious indeed.” Meanwhile, the British police are investigating the multiple attacks as planned by the terrorists.
9:10 pm: There were multiple attacks outside the UK Parliament and a separate attack on Westminster Bridge. Meanwhile, the Scotland Yards is calling the incidents a terrorist attack.
9:02 pm: As per the reports pouring in, a man was trying to break into the Palace of Westminster, but was shot dead by the police. The car, however, crashed on to the fence and ploughed into pedestrians, leaving several injured.
— RT UK (@RTUKnews) March 22, 2017
8:55 pm: BBC reports that Theresa May was ushered into a silver Jaguar car when a shot was heard at Parliament. However, quoting a source, they said that the UK Prime Minister was “OK”.
8:50 pm: The UK police have said via Twitter that it is being treated as a firearms incident and that they are on the scene. The incident occurred as parliament was in session. Proceedings in the House of Commons were suspended.
8:46 pm: BBC reported the Transport for London saying that the Westminster underground station has been shut at the police’s request.
8:40 pm: “There was screaming, shouting and about 100 people running…” a UK-based journalist, who was present at the scene, said via a periscope video.
— F.Micheli (@franki_kuka) March 22, 2017
UK parliament shooting: Minister says the alleged assailant has been shot by police at Parliament pic.twitter.com/DW9PCUQdsw
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 22, 2017
8:36 pm: At least four shots have been fired close to the Houses of Parliament in central London.