Wednesday , September 20 2017

UK Parliament attack: 4 killed, including cop and alleged assailant; 20 injured

The UK parliament building was immediately sealed off and MPs and staff ordered to remain inside.

UK Parliament

London: At least 4 people were killed and 20 injured in a “terrorist” attack in the heart of London on Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge, then stabbed a police officer outside UK Parliament before being shot dead.

Police protecting the UK Parliament of Commons building shot the man but several people were left with “terrible” injuries on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic junction popular with tourists with views of Big Ben.

The car crashed into the railings outside the heavily guarded parliament building and witnesses defined a man leaping out of the vehicle into the grounds of parliament and shooting a police officer.

Houses of Parliament

The incident comes with Europe on high alert after a series of deadly ISIS attacks and exactly a year after ISIS killed 32 people in a bomb attack in Brussels.

The parliament building was straightaway sealed off and MPs and staff ordered to remain inside. “We are considering this as a terrorist incident,” police stated in a statement.

Police secure the area

Those dead included the police officer and the assailant, authorities stated. David Lidington, the British minister accountable for arranging government business, told MPs: “It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged attacker was shot by armed police.” Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, her Downing Street office stated, and was preparing to chair a meeting of the govt’s COBRA emergencies committee.

Police secure the area1

She was seen being driven away from parliament. Police closed off a large area in Westminster and tourists on the London Eye, a popular tourist attraction, were stuck in traffic for 135 metres (443 feet) in the air for around an hour during the incident. The local Underground station at Westminster was also closed off.

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