Breaking News!!: London, England: Terror attack along the Westminster Bridge and outside the Parliament building.
According to the Metropolitan Police Service in London, England, at least 3 people are dead and several people were injured in a terror attack along the Westminster Bridge and outside the Parliament building in London, England on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.
Authorities say a man in a vehicle struck several people walking along the Westminster Bridge.
The vehicle then crashed into a railing near the Parliament building.
The attacker armed with a knife tried to enter Parliament building.
The attacker stabbed and killed a police officer.
Journalists based inside the Parliament building heard gunshots shortly after 2:30pm Local Time (10:30am ET) and were told to stay in their offices.
The attacker was shot and killed by police officers.
The Parliament building was placed on a locked down and adjoining Westminster subway station were closed for hours after the terror attack.
Streets around nearby 10 Downing Street, which serves as both the home and office of United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May, were evacuated.
A total of 3 people, including the police officer and an American, were killed in the terror attack.
Several people were reportedly injures in the terror attack, including 20 people who were treated for serious injuries and 8 people who suffered less serious wounds.
NBC News is reporting that French teenagers on a school trip and 2 Romanian tourists were among the casualties.
Authorities are treating the attack as a “terrorist incident” and had launched a full counter-terrorism investigation.
“We are satisfied at this stage that it looks like there was only one attacker,” said Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Chief Mark Rowley adding “But it would be foolish to be overconfident early on.”
The threat level for international terrorism in the United Kingdom was already listed at severe, meaning an attack is “Highly Likely.”
During a nationally televised address outside 10 Downing Street, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May called the attacker a “sick and depraved terrorist” adding, “The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our national capital. Let me make it clear today, any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”
United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Parliament would meet as scheduled on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 and said that Londoners refused to allow the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.
In a statement from the White House, United States of America President Donald Trump called United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders.
“He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice,” said United States of America President Donald Trump in the release statement.
The terror attack comes on the year anniversary of the Brussels terrorist attacks which killed 32 people.
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