Five dead as terror strikes in heart of London

Published: March 22, 2017
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An armed police officer assists a woman after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017 PHOTO: REUTERS

An armed police officer assists a woman after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017 PHOTO: REUTERS

An armed police officer assists a woman after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017 PHOTO: REUTERS  Police tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London, Britain, March 22, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack”.

The dead included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed, while the other three victims were among the pedestrians hit by the car as it tore along Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament.

“We’ve declared this as a terrorist incident and the counterterrorism command are carrying out a full-scale investigation into the events today,” Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counterterrorism officer, told reporters.

“The attack started when a car was driven over Westminster Bridge, hitting and injuring a number of members of the public, also including three police officers.

“A car then crashed near to parliament and at least one man, armed with a knife continued the attack and tried to enter parliament.”

A woman was pulled alive, but with serious injuries, from the Thames, the Port of London Authority said. The circumstances of her fall into the river were unknown.

An air ambulance lands in Parliament Square during an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain March 22, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Three French schoolchildren aged 15 or 16 were among those injured in the attack, French officials said.

The attack took place on the first anniversary of attacks by militants that killed 32 people in Brussels.

Prime Minister Theresa May was being kept updated and was due to chair a meeting of the government’s crisis response committee.

“The thoughts of the PM and the government are with those killed and injured in this appalling incident, and with their families,” her office said in a statement.

The House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the government’s top priority was people’s security.

“The British people will be united in working together to defeat those who would harm our shared values: values of democracy, tolerance and the rule of law,” she said.

May spoke to US President Donald Trump about the attack, the White House said. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned what he described as “horrific acts of violence”.

Members of the emergency services take an injured person away on a stretcher after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain March 22, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

In Edinburgh, the Scottish parliament suspended a planned debate and vote on independence as the news from London came in.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

Wednesday’s attack was near the location where, in 1979, Airey Neave, a Member of Parliament who was a close aide to Margaret Thatcher, was killed by a car-bomb claimed by the Irish National Liberation Army.

 

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.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Iqbal
    Mar 22, 2017 - 8:31PM

    For all our sake, let’s hope this person is not a Muslim.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Mar 22, 2017 - 9:04PM

    Fruits of integration policies.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 22, 2017 - 9:21PM

    Sky news are reporting:
    “…..there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.”
    There goes my wishes of this person not being a Muslim. This Asian guy obviously cannot be a Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or a Jew because Asians of other faiths other than Muslims do not do these evil deeds. Unless of course this is a first, but unlikely.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Mar 22, 2017 - 9:30PM

    Obviously a suicide mission. Recommend

  • Raja
    Mar 22, 2017 - 10:36PM

    Unconfirmed reports are saying the attacker was an Asian with a black man with goatee. Do I hear the name of pak…? Fingers crossed, let it not be dear God.Recommend

  • Pukubanger
    Mar 22, 2017 - 10:40PM

    A million dollars bet, a link to the land of the impure will emerge. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 22, 2017 - 10:53PM

    @Iqbal:
    I saw his bearded face in media. He looks to me a Vietnami. . . Recommend

  • Grace
    Mar 22, 2017 - 11:19PM

    @BrainBro: If the Muslims in UK don’t have jobs and just live on social assistance in free government housing, how can they ever get integrated? The Muslim youth in Europe have no work so they become radicalized like in Germany, France, UK, Sweden and Holland where they see no opportunity.Recommend

  • jim terwiliger
    Mar 22, 2017 - 11:45PM

    It’s time leftists and muslims like Sadiq Khan start having their own blood on theirs hands instead of ours.Recommend

  • avtar
    Mar 22, 2017 - 11:57PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    how many Vietnamese or Chinese men have beards? Let’s wait for details to emerge and speculate against one community or other. The police there is staying Mum for the time being.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 23, 2017 - 1:25AM

    @Grace:
    How come Hindus, Jews and Buddhists have jobs in UK and furthermore they are more successful than the locals.
    The solution is not to allow them in a country where they don’t want to integrate.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 23, 2017 - 1:29AM

    @jim terwiliger:
    I totally agree with you. One of the urgent things they can do is to ban all madrassas in the West. Muslim kids are brainwashed into living in 6th century not realizing that it is 2017.
    They are not fit to attend Universities and hence impossible to employ them.Recommend

  • Disgrace
    Mar 23, 2017 - 1:39AM

    Don’t insult Muslims like us who work hard, pay taxes and don’t live in council houses or on benefits. All the five fingers are never the same in any community including [email protected]: Recommend

  • Sami
    Mar 23, 2017 - 2:40AM

    He visited Pakistan in 2001, before the September 11 attacks, as part of Al-Muhajiroun; he claims he went there to give a series of lectures. He also claimed to have attended terror training camps in AfghanistanRecommend

  • hzrr
    Mar 23, 2017 - 2:49AM

    @Iqbal:
    Keep hoping till you are disillusioned…Recommend

  • Asif Mushtaq
    Mar 23, 2017 - 3:14AM

    I expect everyone will start blaming Islam from Washington DC to Delhi. I invite you haters to enter the path of true Islam you find the greatest bliss and contentment which millions of muslims enjoy. Don’t envy muslims, but join the greatest religion on earth.Recommend

  • Pg56
    Mar 23, 2017 - 3:38AM

    @Grace:
    So the country gives them refuge and social security and this according to you justifies them attacking their parliament? Strange logic.Recommend

  • Travis L
    Mar 23, 2017 - 6:07AM

    Will somebody tell these people that the age of barbarians are over?
    London even has a fox guarding the hen house !!Recommend

  • vinsin
    Mar 23, 2017 - 10:38AM

    @Asif Mushtaq:
    So why Muslims are doing in secular states and not moving to Islamic state to enjoy that bliss?Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 23, 2017 - 8:48PM

    Scotland Yard have named the man as Khalid Masood.
    Let’s hope he or his parents have no connection to Pakistan. Recommend

  • Hidden truth
    Mar 23, 2017 - 9:52PM

    Not all Hindus have jobs in uk. I’m personally aware of hordes of Hindus who live on benefits and in council houses in UK. Even Christians love to live on [email protected]: Recommend

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