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Five dead, 40 injured in London attack

23 March 2017 10:00 (UTC+04:00)
Five dead, 40 injured in London attack

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Among the dead include London police officer Keith Palmer as well as the perpetrator of the attack, Sputnik reported.

At least five people have been killed and 40 others were wounded in the attack. The attacker ran numerous Londoners down on Westminster Bridge from inside his car, before leaping out and fatally attacking Officer Palmer with a knife.

Police claim to know the identity of the assailant, but have thus far refused to release it to the press. They claim to have shot the assailant dead, and are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

22:20 (GMT+4) At least four people were killed, including a police officer, and 20 others injured in a chaotic incident near British parliament, Reuters reported.

Amid confusing scenes, it appeared the situation may have unfolded in several locations, including on the nearby Westminster bridge where eyewitnesses said a car had crashed into pedestrians. A woman was later pulled alive, but with serious injuries, from the River Thames.

20:56 (GMT+4) Shots have reportedly been fired outside the UK Parliament in London; the building is currently on lockdown. Conflicting reports suggest that one or two people were shot by police outside the UK parliament in London, Sputnik reported.

20:37 (GMT+4) A policeman was stabbed, an assailant shot and several people injured on Wednesday close to Britain's Houses of Parliament in what police said they were treating as a terrorist incident, Reuters reported.

Reuters reporters inside the building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament.

His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one apparently under a bus. The number of casualties was unclear.

"Officers - including firearms officers - remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was immediately suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside.

Prime Minister Theresa May was safe after the incident, a spokesman for her office said. He declined to say where May was when the attack took place.

19:50 (GMT+4) British police said they were treating an incident in which a policeman was stabbed inside the perimeter of Britain's parliament building as a terrorist incident, Reuters reported.

"Officers - including firearms officers - remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise," police said in a statement.

18:57 (GMT+4) Shots have reportedly been fired outside the UK Parliament in London; the building is currently on lockdown, Sputnik reported.

Conflicting reports suggest that one or two people were shot by police outside the UK parliament in London.

London Metropolitan police said they were aware of reports of the incident.

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