Terror Attack in London, 4 Dead Outside of Parliament
An attacker fatally stabbed an officer outside UK’s Parliament before being shot by police Wednesday afternoon. The terror incident left 3 other people dead, including the attacker, and at least 20 injured, according to reports.
“Four people have died. That includes the police officer who was protecting parliament and one man we believe to be the attacker who was shot by a police firearms officer,” Britain’s top counterterrorism officer Mark Rowley told reporters.
“Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
The incident took place on the first anniversary of attacks by Islamist militants that killed 32 people in Brussels.
At least one of the dead, a woman, was in the crowd hit by the vehicle, according to Britain’s Press Association.
The threat level for international terrorism in the UK was listed at severe. The city was also on alert for the Thursday funeral of Martin McGuinness, former IRA commander.
Reporters inside the Parliament building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards saw two people lying on the ground in a courtyard just outside, within the perimeter of the parliamentary estate.
A photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to Parliament. His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one apparently under a bus.
“I just saw a car go out of control, and just go into pedestrians on the bridge,” a woman told Sky News.