UPDATE: Metropolitan Police of London have announced that a police officer who was stabbed by a terrorist today at Parliament has succumbed to his wounds. A spokesman for Scotland Yard said that two members of the public were also killed by the marauder. Among the injured are three police officers who were mowed down by a vehicle driven by the attacker.
The Metropolitan Police of London are investigating a fatal incident that occurred near the Houses of Parliament as an act of terror. A man who had stabbed an officer in the terror attack was shot and killed by police outside of Parliament. Prime Minister Theresa May was in the voting lobby of parliament and was hustled out of the building and taken away in an unmarked car. The incident occurred minutes at 3 p.m. local time.
Local reports say that the deceased assailant had wielded an “eight inch” knife and had charged the gates of Parliament in a car and then stabbed an officer. At least one dozen pedestrians and cyclists were mowed down on the adjacent Westminster Bridge that cross the Thames by a grey 4X4 when then crashed into the gates outside Parliament. Dramatic video and photographs showed bodies stricken on the pavement on Westminster bridge and outside parliament. Two persons were seen lying inside Old Palace Yard outside Westminster Hall. At least one woman is reportedly deceased as a result of the incident.
Before calling the session to a close, Commons Leader David Lidington told the Members of Parliament, "What I am able to say to the House is there has been a serious incident within the estate. It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster but I hope colleagues on all sides will appreciate that it'd be wrong of me to go into further details until we have confirmation from the police and from the House security authorities about what is going on."
An additional report of a nearby explosion has yet to be confirmed. Parliament was put in lockdown.
Witnesses described the male assailant as a middle-aged Asian. According to Scotland Yard, the attack came exactly one year to the day after the terrorist atrocities in Brussels. The incident is being treated “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” said a spokesman. Westminster bridge remains closed. Ever since the attack in Brussels, additional Metropolitan Police firearms officers are regularly put on detail around the Houses of Parliament. After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris two years ago, armed officers were positioned at the front vehicle gates to the Palace of Westminster, in a change from normal practice.
The attack in London on Wednesday is reminiscent of other Muslim terror attacks in Europe and the United States. In June 2016, for example, a Tunisian man mowed down dozens of revelers on Bastille Day in Marseilles as Frenchmen celebrated. Also last year, a Muslim male stabbed several tourists to death on a train in Germany. Knife attacks and vehicular assaults are a regular occurrence in Israel by Muslim terrorists.
Members of Parliament have asked for additional security measures, including bomb-proof mailboxes, safe-rooms, and panic buttons.
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