UK Parliament shooting: five dead in Westminster attack

UK Parliament shooting: five dead in Westminster attack

UK Parliament shooting: five dead in Westminster attack

Written by Keshala Dias

23 Mar, 2017 | 8:53 am

UPDATE 23/3/17:

Five people, including a police officer and an attacker, are dead and 40 others have been injured in a terror attack in Westminster.

One of the deceased was a police officer, another was his alleged attacker who was shot by armed police.

Monmouth MP David Davies told BBC Wales: “The shots started, I was with other MPs, we immediately dropped to the floor and then hid behind pillars.”

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley says it is believed the attacker was inspired by international terrorism.

Prime Minister Theresa May insists attempts to undermine British values are ‘doomed to failure’.

UPDATE 22/3/17:

A woman has died on Westminster Bridge in central London in what police are treating as a terrorist incident.

A police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police.

The attacker struck several pedestrians as he drove a car across the bridge, before crashing it into railings.

A doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital said a number of other people were hurt – some with “catastrophic” injuries.

A Downing Street source said Prime Minister Theresa May was safe.

Prime Minister Theresa May was seen being ushered into a silver Jaguar car as what sounded like gunfire rang out at Parliament during the incident.

MPs said they had heard three or four gunshots and staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices.

Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police”.

Tom Peck, political editor for the Independent, tweeted: “There was a loud bang. Screams. Commotion. Then the sound of gunshots. Armed police everywhere.”

JUST IN 22/3/17

Shots are reported to have been fired close to the Houses of Parliament in central London.

Politicians and journalists have tweeted about hearing loud crashes outside the buildings.

Witnesses said they saw people being treated for wounds and reported seeing a man with a knife in the grounds.

Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said police told her someone had been shot.

She said MPs had told her they heard “three or four gunshots”.

Tom Peck, political editor for the Independent, tweeted: “There was a loud bang. Screams. Commotion. Then the sound of gunshots. Armed police everywhere.”

Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.

Transport for London said Westminster underground station has been shut at the police’s request.

Courtesy: BBC

 

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