Westminster has become the latest European city to become the victim of a terrorist incident. Police in London have confirmed that a “terror incident” in the area surrounding parliament has left at least four people dead and several people with “catastrophic injuries”. A car was driven at people on Westminster bridge, echoing an attack in Nice, France in July 2016.
After the car hit the railings at least one man escaped and headed towards the Palace of Westminster. Police are cautious to confirm whether there was just one attacker. An investigation is underway.
The officer was stabbed by the alleged attacker and died from the injuries despite first responder’s best efforts. The assailant also died from his injuries.
According to sources, after the officer was stabbed in the Houses of Parliament, the assailant ran into the Palace of Westminister before being shot by armed police. It is not known whether the assailant is alive or dead.
Police are unable to confirm the exact numbers of deaths or injuries.
Footage emerging on social media show a number of people lying in the road on Westminister Bridge.
This is the first major terrorist incident in London since July 7th 2005, which left 52 victims dead.
A number of MPs have paid their respects to the police service, MP Chris Bryant tweeted his gratitude, saying,
“Lots of people have sent kind messages. My staff and I are fine but under lock-down. My respect to the police and security services.”