MAMOSA Report — At least three people were killed and 20 injured in a ‘terrorist’ attack in the heart of London Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge, then stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot dead.
Police guarding the iconic House of Commons building shot the man but several people were left with “catastrophic” injuries on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic junction popular with tourists with views of Big Ben.
The car crashed into the railings outside the heavily guarded parliament building and witnesses described a man leaping out of the vehicle into the grounds of parliament and stabbing a police officer.
“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 counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley told reporters.
Witnesses say that the attacker, armed with two large knives, mowed down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge, including three 15- and 16-year-olds from a group of visiting French schoolchildren. Two of the latter were reported to be in a critical condition, reported Irish Times.
The attacker then rushed at the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament, stabbing the policeman before being shot dead by other officers.
The incident comes with Europe on high alert after a series of deadly jihadist attacks and exactly a year after extremists killed 32 people in a bomb attack in Brussels.
“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 House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was immediately suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside.
Prime Minister Theresa May was safe after the incident, a spokesperson for her office said. He declined to say where May was when the attack took place.
US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he had been briefed on events in London but gave no details.
Security tightened at UK sites in New York
New York police ramped up security at British sites across the city after the attack in London.
The sites included the British Consulate and the British Mission to the United Nations, senior New York Police Department officials said at a news conference.