Terror Incident in Westminster

News Brief — March 22, 2017

A policeman points a gun at a man on the ground as emergency services attend the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London. Click to enlarge

A policeman points a gun at a man on the ground as emergency services attend the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London. Click to enlarge

A policeman has been stabbed and his attacker shot at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London.
Prior to the stabbing the attacker had mowed down several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before crashing a Hyundai i40 into railings near Parliament.
Four people are are now reported dead and medics are treating around twenty injured, several of whom have sustained what one junior doctor at the nearby St Thomas’ hospital described as “catastrophic injuries”.
The dead are thought to include the knife-wielding attacker, the policeman he stabbed and two other members of the public.
Eyewitness Rick Longley was quoted in the Belfast Telegraph as saying:
“We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.
“They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.
“A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.
“I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.”
Jayne Wilkinson, who was near Parliament at the time described seeing a middle-aged “Asian” carrying a knife and running.
Daily Mail political editor Jason Groves witnessed the incident from his office window.
He said: “I heard a bang coming from Westminster Tube station, looked out the window, there’s a commotion, armed cops were running, the crowd of people outside were running as if for their lives.
“A guy comes through the vehicle entrance wielding something, towards a copper, the copper tumbles.
“The man’s running towards Westminster Hall, and then you’ve got a plain clothes copper comes running out.
“Not from the gate, but from the inside, shoots him once from maybe 10 or 15 yards away with a handgun, and then gets closer to him and shoots him again from over him and he doesn’t get up.”
It is thought that Prime Minister Theresa May was escorted out of Westminster by a security detail who accompanied her back to Downing Street.
 Members of the Met Police’s new heavily armed SAS-style counter terrorism unit were deployed to the scene with automatic weapons.

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