On the one-year anniversary of the Muslim terror attack in Belgium that killed 34 and wounded hundreds more, another Muslim terror attack this time in the UK.
At least 20 people were hit when a 4×4 drove along the pavement on the crowded bridge, knocking down and seriously injuring pedestrians before crashing into a fence below Big Ben.
An intruder, described by witnesses as ‘middle-aged and Asian’, then managed to break into the grounds of the Parliament where he fatally stabbed a police officer with two knives.
The policeman died at the scene. The attacker, who was shot by armed officers, died after he was taken to hospital.
It is currently believed one attacker was involved and he killed three people, including the policeman, and left at least 20 pedestrians and three other police officers seriously injured.
Prime Minister Theresa May was bundled into her car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven quickly from the scene as the attack unfolded. She will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra Committee tonight.
Scotland Yard said the attack, which comes a year to the day after the terrorist atrocities in Brussels, is being treated ‘as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise’.
It is currently known that:
- One woman was killed on Westminster Bridge after a number of pedestrians were mowed down by a car.
- It is believed a second person was killed in the incident on the bridge.
- Another woman ended up in the Thames and was treated for serious injuries after being pulled from the water.
- A group of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge.
- The attacker jumped out the car and fatally stabbed a police officer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.
- The knifeman was shot dead moments later by another officer.
- Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
Witness Jayne Wilkinson said: ‘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.
‘And then there were three shots fired, and then we crossed the road and looked over. The man was on the floor with blood.
‘He had a lightweight jacket on, dark trousers and a shirt. He was running through those gates, towards Parliament, and the police were chasing him.’
Her partner David Turner added: ‘There was a stampede of people running out. You saw the people and you thought ‘what the hell is going on’.’
Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood was among those who rushed to help the policeman who had been stabbed.
Mr Ellwood, who lost his brother in the Bali bombing, could be seen pumping the officer’s chest then standing above him, his hands and face smeared with blood.
A spokesman for the Port of London Authority, which looks after safety on the River Thames, said: ‘A female member of the public was recovered from the water near Westminster Bridge. She is alive but undergoing urgent medical treatment on a nearby pier. We believe she fell from the bridge.’
He said the river has been closed from Vauxhall to Embankment ‘as part of the security response’.
French media are reporting that three French students were injured when the car ploughed into walkers on Westminster Bridge.
The pupils from the Lycee Saint-Joseph in Concarneau were among a group on an educational visit. There is no information as to their injuries and others in the party have returned to a nearby hostel before returning to Frances as soon as possible.
A spokesman for St Joseph’s school in Brittany said: ‘There were four classes on a trip to London. They travelled at the start of the week and were due to return at the end of the week.’
He confirmed that those injured were in St Thomas’s hospital, on the south side of Westminster Bridge.
What you won’t hear on any news report anywhere.
Four people, including a police officer, were killed and about 40 others were wounded Wednesday in a terrorist attack at Britain’s Parliament that sent crowds running for their lives before police shot and killed the attacker.
Police for several hours said the attacker had killed three people. Acting Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said Wednesday night that a fourth victim had died.
Among those hospitalized were 12 British citizens, four South Koreans and one American, May said. Three French teenagers visiting London on a school trip were also admitted to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, according to a French official.
Just two hours after Theresa May told the Commons the killer was a British citizen who had been investigated by MI5 over violent extremism, Isil said that the attacker answered “calls to target citizens of coalition nations”. Isil had vowed that the UK was its next target following the Paris attacks in 2015.
British-born. Proving that while a travel ban from Muslim countries is a good start, a ban on Muslims is what is needed.
The Sunday Times has revealed that last month’s Westminster terror killer, who murdered five and injured another forty-nine more victims, was a senior official at a known extremist hub, the Luton Islamic Centre.