As of right now, 2 are dead and there are multiple people with “catastrophic” injuries.
Instead of scratching their heads about what is behind this, UK authorities are considering this terrorism immediately.
Here’s the latest:
Britain’s Parliament was placed on lockdown on Wednesday, plunging the country’s seat of power into turmoil, after an assailant with a knife killed a police officer and tried to storm the building, and a motorist on an adjacent bridge plowed over at least five pedestrians, killing at least one.
The Metropolitan Police described the attack as a “a terrorist incident,” but many details, as well as the sequence of events, remained unclear. Security officers shot the assailant outside Parliament. But it was not yet known whether he was the same man who ran over the pedestrians on the bridge
The attack came on the anniversary of suicide bombings at the Brussels Airport and subway station that killed 32 people, along with three bombers. Though the authorities did not immediately identify the assailant in the attack on Parliament, the violence raised fears that London, which has been largely been spared as a target of recent terrorist attacks, has now joined cities such as Paris, Brussels and Berlin.
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Scotland Yard has confirmed that the incident is a terror attack and a full terror investigation is underway.
A woman and one other have died, a policeman was stabbed, an assailant shot and several people injured on Wednesday close to Britain’s Houses of Parliament in what police said they were treating as a terrorist incident.
One woman had died and other people are being treated for “catastrophic” injuries, British news agency Press Association reported, citing a junior doctor at a central London hospital.
Reuters reporters inside the building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters 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. The number of casualties was unclear.
“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 spokesman for her office said. He declined to say where May was when the attack took place.
The leader of the House, David Lidington, said in the chamber that an assailant who stabbed a policeman had been shot by police.