London: Five dead as knife-wielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge.

AP March 23, 2017 09:13:14 IST
London: Five dead as knife-wielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament
London Five dead as knifewielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament

Armed police officers enter the Houses of Parliament in London after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside. AP

London Five dead as knifewielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament

In this image taken from video, police officers gather around a car adjacent to Houses of Parliament in London. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack." AP

London Five dead as knifewielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament

Emergency services staff provide medical attention close to the Houses of Parliament in London. Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the assailant was shot by police within the perimeter of Parliament. AP

London Five dead as knifewielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament

Conservative Member of Parliament Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services attend to an injured person outside the Houses of Parliament, London. A doctor who treated the wounded from the bridge said some had "catastrophic" injuries. AP

London Five dead as knifewielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament

An Air Ambulance comes in to land as emergency services attend to injured persons outside the Houses of Parliament, London. Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley said police believed there was only one attacker, "but it would be foolish to be overconfident early on." AP

London Five dead as knifewielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament

An injured man sits covered with a blanket as emergency services staff provide medical attention to injured people on the south side of Westminster Bridge, close to the Houses of Parliament. The threat level for international terrorism in the UK was already listed at severe, meaning an attack was "highly likely." AP

London Five dead as knifewielding man plows car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament

London has been a target for terrorism many times over past decades. Just this weekend, hundreds of armed police took part in an exercise simulating a "marauding" terrorist attack on the River Thames. AP

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