Time: 5:13 p.m. CEST Update: 6:38 p.m. CEST
The United Kingdom Prime minister Theresa May confirmed that one attacker committed attack in London and that the U.K.’s threat level of “severe” will not change. “I can confirmed the incident began when a single attacker drove his vehicles into pedestrians walking across Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring many more, including three police officers. This attacker who was armed with knife, then run towards the Parliament, where he was confronted by the police officers who keep us and our democratic institutions safe. Tragically, one officer was killed. The terrorist was also shot dead,” May said on March 22.
British police informed that four people died in London attack, including one police officer, attacker and that 20 other people are injured, the Associated Press tweeted. Police confirmed that police officer who was killed was not armed.
Scotland Yard said the attack of stabbing of a policeman in Westminster is being treated, “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” https://bbc.co.uk reports. Police shot attacker in the incident at the House of Parliament.
Metropolitan police commander BJ Harrington talked to reporters and said, “Although we remain open-minded to the motive, a full counter-terrorism investigation is already under way.
This is led by the Met counter-terrorism command.” Commander BJ Harrington confirmed casualties, but he does not confirm any, “fatalities or the nature of injuries.” “We know there are a number of casualties including police officers but at this stage we can not confirm numbers or the nature of these injuries,” he said.
A junior doctor at St. Thomas’ Hospital said one woman has died and number of others has been hurt including some with “catastrophic” injuries in the incident on Westminster Bridge, BBC reports.
Three French schoolchildren are injured on the Bridge and the French government confirmed the news adding they were on school trip to London, British Public Broadcaster said. Le Telegramme, a newspaper in France’s Brittany region wrote the injured French citizens are “pupils from a private high school in Concarneau. The Associated Press news agency reports that Romania’s foreign ministry says, “Two Romanians were wounded in the attack,” and had been in hospital for treatment.
The London ambulance service deputy director Pauline Cranmer, BBC reports, “has confirmed that they have treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge.” Large number of ambulances arrived in the area.
There, Witnesses said that several people were “moved down” by a vehicle on Westminster Bridge. Radoslaw Sikorski posted a video on Twitter, which reportedly shows people injured in the road to Westminster Bridge.
A van ran across Westminster Bridge before crashing it into railings. The International New York Times writes that, “A vehicle hit five people on a bridge near U.K. Parliament, killing one. It is unclear whether the stubbing suspect was the driver,” the Times writes. BBC says, two people were treated on the ground in New Palace Yard amid shouts and screams. Armed police officers closed the area for traffic.
The Press Association reports the Prime minister Theresa May was seen “being ushered into a silver Jaguar car,” after sounds of something that sounded like gunfire. BBC reports, Downing Street says Theresa May is safe. Later, Theresa May’s official spokesman said, “The prime minister was brought back to Number 10 from Parliament. She is currently monitoring the situation.”
After a Cobra meeting this evening, May said the full details of the “sick and depraved terrorist attack” were still emerging, BBC quoted. Announcing an update by the Metropolitan Police later in the evening, May said, “any attempt to defeat those values through violence is doomed to failure.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan confirmed the incident to Parliament Square, which is being treated as a terrorist attack until the police known otherwise. The United States offers assistance to the United Kingdom after latest incident.
The White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident. Trump spoke with U.K. Prime minister Theresa May. Spicer said “we obviously condemn today’s attack in Westminster, which the U.K. is treating as an “act of terrorism.”
The city of London and her Majesty’s government have full support of the U.S. government, responding to the attack and brining to justice those who are responsible.”
On July 7, 2005 series of bombings targeted civilian transport in London and left about 52 dead and many injured. In 1988 bombing, Pan Am flight 103 was blown up in air over Lockerbie in Scotland.