As per reports, five people are dead, including the killer, and about 40 are injured after Wednesday’s terror attack in London.
A deadly ‘terror’ strike crashed London into chaos on Wednesday when a ferocious motorist mowed down helpless pedestrians on the historic Westminster bridge before crashing a House of Parliament gate and stabbing a police officer to death.
Four people were, reportedly, killed, including the unarmed cop, and more than 40 people were injured before police shot and killed the driver outside the heart of the country’s political centre.
The attack, being considered the worst in Britain since 2005 subway bombing, brought havoc and chaos to Westminster and the Parliament as well. The political house was put on high alert before its lockdown.
Newly appointed British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “The location of this attack was no accident.” The PM was whisked away from Westminster to a secure command post after the lockdown.
“The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech. But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before, any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”
Theresa called the attacker “sick and depraved terrorist.” The terrorist is yet to be identified.
The unfolding of the events:
1. The nightmare began shortly after 2:30 pm London time, when a Hyundai Tucson SUV speeding at about 50 mph plowed through a crowd along the Westminster Bridge.
2. Witnesses said panicked pedestrians either jumped from the bridge or were knocked over its side as the car mounted the pavement and picked off people walking.
3. After crossing the bridge the driver headed towards the Houses of Parliament where he crashed into railings outside Parliament.
4. The emergency services were first alerted to a potential attack, at 2.40 pm when they were called to an incident in an area of Parliament Square.
5. After ramming the fence, the armed man launched from his vehicle and ran towards a security checkpoint, where police say he accosted an unarmed officer.
The policeman, now known to be Metropolitan Police officer PC Keith Palmer, was fatally stabbed before tactical officers leapt to his aid, shooting his attacker dead.
It is believed the man was trying to enter the secure Parliamentary compound where the members of Parliament, including Prime Minister Theresa May, were present at the time.
6. Ms May was in the House of Commons at the time – the closest of the Houses of Parliament to where the man stabbed the officer. She was believed to be only about 50 metres from where the attack took place.
It has been reported Ms May was quickly evacuated from the building and bundled into a secure car while others were ordered to remain inside as the Houses of Parliament and surrounding buildings were forced into lockdown.