Terror at Westminister: UK Parliament on lockdown after attack



    Terror at Westminister: UK Parliament on lockdown after attack Injured woman being assisted in an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017. © Toby Melville / Reuters 83

    Mar 22, London: A police officer was stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, in what police are treating as a terrorist incident.
    Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs the "alleged assailant was shot by armed police".

    According to reports, as many as eight people were mowed down on nearby Westminster Bridge.MPs said they had heard three or four gunshots. A Downing Street source said Prime Minister Theresa May was "OK".

    Prime Minister Theresa May was seen being ushered into a silver Jaguar car as what sounded like gunfire rang out at Parliament during the incident.
    Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices.Tom Peck, political editor for the Independent, tweeted: "There was a loud bang. Screams. Commotion. Then the sound of gunshots. Armed police everywhere."
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    An eye witness, Radoslaw Sikorski, a senior fellow at Harvard's Centre for European Studies, posted a video to Twitter showing people lying injured in the road on Westminster Bridge.

    He wrote: "A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people."Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.Transport for London said Westminster underground station has been shut at the police's request, and buses diverted.Mr Lidington said: "It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police."An air ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties.

    The leader of the House of Commons David Lidington further said, "What I am able to say to the House is that there has been a serious incident within the estate. It seems that a police officer has been stabbed; that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity."

    Casualties:

    Meanwhile, one woman has died and a number of others have been hurt - including some with "catastrophic" injuries - in the incident on Westminster Bridge, a junior doctor at St Thomas' Hospital has said.  

    A police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police. The attacker had alo struck several pedestrians as he drove a car across the bridge, before crashing it into railings.Junior doctor Colleen Anderson from St Thomas'  was quoted by BBC saying that the woman had died at the scene."There were people across the bridge. There were some with minor injuries, some catastrophic," she added."Some had injuries they could walk away from or who have life-changing injuries. There were maybe a dozen [injured]."

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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