London Terror Attack – 4 dead , 40 injured as Terrorist strikes Westminster

Terror came to the heart of British democracy as an attacker murdered four people and injured around 40 others at Westminster.

Gunfire rang out in Parliament as the attacker was himself shot dead by police.

Victims included one police officer, who died after being stabbed.

Others were hit by a vehicle, apparently driven by the assailant, on Westminster Bridge, a main road next to Parliament which is often busy with tourists.

BBC Two’s flagship news show Newsnight reported that the vehicle may have been hired in Birmingham.

Newsnight correspondent Richard Watson told viewers extremism experts at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, at Kings College, London, had shared “evidence that the car used in the attack was hired from Enterprise Rentals in Birmingham on the 16th of March.

MPs were voting as the incident unfolded at around 2.40pm. Many were kept in the Commons Chamber for their own protection as police locked down the Parliamentary estate.

As events became clear, it appeared the attacker drove a grey Hyundai i40 across Westminster Bridge, mowing down pedestrians including schoolchildren.

This a popular spot with visitors to the city, as it well-placed for selfie photos with Big Ben in the background.

A party of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge, with three injured.

One woman hit by the attacker’s car was confirmed dead by a doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital, who said others on the bridge suffered “catastrophic injuries”.

Another woman who apparently fell into the Thames but was rescued and given medical treatment on a nearby pier.

London Ambulance Service said paramedics had treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge.

The attacker then crashed the vehicle into railings, before running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster.

Armed with two knives, he stabbed a policeman before being shot dead by other officers.

Paramedics fought to save the officer’s life and that of his attacker on the floor of the cobbled courtyard in front of Parliament.

The fatally wounded policeman, who was unarmed, was named by Scotland Yard as 48-year-old husband and father Keith Palmer.

MP and Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood was among those who rushed to help. He was seen pumping the officer’s chest then standing above him, his hands and face smeared with blood.

Prime Minister Theresa May was seen by eye witnesses being ushered into a silver Jaguar in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, which apparently took her to safety.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said she later chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee. Mrs May ordered flags to be lowered to half mast over Downing Street as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives.

Source: Agencies

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