London Terror Attack: 5 Dead, 40 Injured Near British Parliament; Suspect Shot Dead

Armed police responds outside Parliament during an incident on Westminster Bridge in London/REUTERS

London, March 23: Five persons were killed and around 40 harmed in London on Wednesday after a car furrowed into pedestrians and a presumed Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman near Britain’s parliament.

The dead, in what police called a “ravaging psychological terrorist assault,” included the aggressor and the policeman he wounded. The other three casualties were among those hit by the car as it sped crosswise over Westminster Bridge before colliding with railings simply outside parliament.

British Prime Minister Theresa May censured the assault as “debilitated and debased”.

“The area of this assault was no accident,” she said in a statement outside her 10 Downing Street office late at night.

“The terrorist struck at the heart of our capital city, where individuals of all nationalities, religions, and societies meet up to praise the values of liberty, democracy, and freedom of speech.”

Any endeavor to vanquish those qualities through savagery was “doomed to disappointment”, May said.

Check Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told correspondents the assault began when a car was rolled over Westminster Bridge, hitting and harming individuals from public in general and three cops.

“A car then slammed close to parliament and no less than one man, furnished with a blade, proceeded with the assault and attempted to enter parliament,” Rowley said.

He said the police’s “fast-paced investigation” was taking a shot at the presumption that the assault was “Islamist-related terrorism”. Police trusted they knew the personality of the assailant however would not give points of interest at this stage, he said.

It was the deadliest assault in London since four British Islamists killed 52 suburbanites and themselves in suicide bombings on the city’s transport system in July 2005, in London’s most noticeably worse time peacetime assault.

It occurred on the first commemoration of assaults by Islamist aggressors that murdered 32 individuals in Brussels.

Reuters journalists inside parliament amid Wednesday’s assault heard boisterous blasts and in a matter of seconds, a short time later observed the knifeman and the wounded policeman lying on the ground in a patio inside the entryways of parliament.

The dead cop was recognized as Keith Palmer, 48, with 15 years of service.


A Reuters photographer saw no less than twelve individuals harmed on the bridge. His photos demonstrated individuals lying on the ground, some of them draining intensely and one under a bus.

A lady was pulled alive, however with serious wounds, from the Thames, the Port of London Authority said. The circumstances of her fall into the river were unknown.

Three French schoolchildren matured 15 or 16 were among those harmed in the assault, French authorities said.

A few individuals from parliament (MPs) and senior authorities were made up for lost time in the disarray. Tobias Ellwood, a junior Foreign Office minister, was imagined endeavoring to revive a man lying oblivious, reported to be the wounded policeman.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there would be extra police force on the city boulevards to protect Londoners and guests.

“We stand together notwithstanding the individuals who look to mischief us and crush our lifestyle. We generally have, and we generally will. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism,” he said.

Parliament’s lower House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was suspended and lawmakers were approached to remain inside the building for a few hours.

Theresa May said parliament would meet as expected on Thursday in a sign that the assault would not disturb life in the capital.

Be that as it may, a visit by Queen Elizabeth to officially open the new base camp of London’s police constrain, which had been made arrangements for Thursday, was delayed “in light of today’s events,” Buckingham Palace said.

In a phone call with Theresa May, President Donald Trump offered Britain the full collaboration and support of the United States, the White House said. United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson censured the assault as “horrific acts of violence”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg were among foreign leaders who expressed stun and solidarity.


Eyewitnesses portrayed scenes of frenzy amid the attack.

“I just saw a car leave control and simply go into pedestrians on the Bridge,” said Bernadette Kerrigan, who had been a tour bus on the bridge, in an interview with Sky News.

“As we were going over the bridge, we saw people lying on the floor, they were clearly harmed. I saw around 10 peoples possibly. And after that the emergency services began to arrive. Everyone was just running everywhere.”

Former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who saw the assault from a taxi as he crossed the Bridge, said he saw five casualties and made a video of the scene.

“I heard something that seemed like a little car collision. At that point I watched out of the window and saw that there was one individual lying on the asphalt,” he told Reuters.

“I didn’t see the substance of the person lying on the asphalt, however, the person was not moving, it was not hinting at any life. One of the men I saw, his head was draining seriously. In any case, the individual I recorded – no, that individual was not hinting at any signs of life.”

Journalist Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail daily paper disclosed to LBC radio that he had seen the stabbing of the policeman and the shooting of the aggressor from his office in the parliament building.

“He (the aggressor) kept running in through the open entryways … He set around one of the policemen with what resembled a stick,” Letts said.

“The policeman fell over on the ground and it was very repulsive to watch and afterward having done that, he separated and kept running towards the House of Commons passage utilized by MPs and got around 20 yards or so when two plain-clothed guys with guns shot him.”

In Edinburgh, the Scottish parliament suspended a planned debate and vote on independence as the news from London came in.

England is on its second-most alert level of “serious” which means an assault by militants is considered profoundly likely. Theresa May required a crisis meet to audit security readiness.

The most recent dangerous assault in London to be dealt with terrorist episode was in May 2013, when two British Islamists wounded to death soldier Lee Rigby on a road.