London terror attack as it happened: 5 killed in Westminster Bridge incident, May to hold emergency meet

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London terror attack as it happened: 5 killed in Westminster Bridge incident, May to hold emergency meet
  • 22:57 (IST)

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    Former UK prime minister David Cameron tweets his support for the victims of the London attack

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    French student among those injured in the Westminster bridge attack, tweets French prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

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    Donald Trump being briefed on London attack

    According to a report by The Sun, US President Donald Trump gave a brief reaction before heading into briefing room. “Just getting an update on London,” Trump said, entering a meeting in the White House’s Roosevelt Room.

    “Big news.”

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    US President Donald Trump “has been briefed on the situation” in London and is monitoring events, his press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted.

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    Increased security at Buckingham Palace

    BBC reports that Buckingham Palace has declined to comment about its security arrangements following the incidents at Westminster, a short journey from the Houses of Parliament. The gates to the palace have been closed. 

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    Scottis Parliament suspends debate on second independence referendum

    The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh suspended its debate on a second independence referendum after the incident outside the British Parliament in London.

    Scottish lawmakers had been planning to vote after two days of debate on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for another referendum on leaving the United Kingdom.

    The debate was suspended after some members said it should be halted out of respect after a policeman was stabbed and his attacker shot in London.

    Sturgeon tweeted that her thoughts were with everyone in Westminster "caught up in this dreadful incident."


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    BBC reports COBR meeting called by UK prime minister Theresa May

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    Brussels' attack happened exactly a year ago

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    Scotland yard considering the incident as a terrorist incident.

    The acting commissioner of Scotland Yard was present at the time of the incident and is being treated as a witness

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    A woman has reportedly been pulled alive from the River Thames following the Westminster Bridge car rampage, reports The Telegraph

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    Scotland yard urges people to come forward if they see anything suspicious

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    Scotland Yard, BJ Harrington, asks people to come forward with more information

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    Scotland Yard doesn't confirm number of dead, says public safety is top priority

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    Scotland Yard briefs media

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    Sky News report two people have died in the UK Parliament attack

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    French students who were on the bridge at the time of the incident have been hit

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    Scotland yard to make a statement soon

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    An eyewitness has told Sky News that he saw a body in the river Thames after the car mowed down people on Westminster Bridge.

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    People are being held in the London Eye by staff "as per tried and tested security procedures,"

  • 21:58 (IST)

    Lawmakers describe incident

    British lawmaker Grant Shapps said on Twitter that he was walking through the cloisters of the House of Commons to vote when he heard four gunshots. Police told lawmakers to get down on the ground and crawl to cover.

    "Police response instant. Heard commotion, looked round. Police weapons drawn, 4 shots, police ordered us to hit ground & get back, get back," he said.


  • 21:52 (IST)

    Witnesses describe incident

    Witness Rick Longley told the Press Association that he saw a man stab a policeman outside Britain's Parliament.

    "We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out," he said.

    "They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.

    "A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.

    "I have never seen anything like that. I just can't believe what I just saw."

    Lawmaker Adam Holloway told the AP he saw people running and immediately ran into his offices in Parliament to be with his staff. "A lot of us are locked in with our staff at the moment," he said.


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    US State Department monitoring incident

    The US State Department says it is closely monitoring the incident outside London's Parliament and urged Americans in London to avoid the area.

    Spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday: "We stand ready to assist in any way the U.K. authorities would find helpful."

    He added that the U.S. Embassy in London is closely following the news and stands ready to help any affected Americans.

    He said: "Our hearts go out to those affected."


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    Owen Bennett, Deputy Political Editor at HuffPost, tweets what he saw at the attack site. 

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Eyewitnesses shocked, ministers thank police for saving their lives 

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    Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, tweets her support for the victims of the terror incident.

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    UK ministers tweeting live from inside the Parliament

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    BBC reports UK prime minister Theresa May has been brought back to Downing Street and briefed on the ongoing situation

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    Scottish minister tweets his support for the victims in the terror attack

    Holyrood has bowed to pressure as news from Westminster worsens and suspends its activities for the day.

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    Westminster Tube station has been closed, reports The Telegraph

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    Polish foreign minister Radosław Sikorski shoots incident

    Soon after sharing the video on his official Twitter account, Radosław Sikorski gave permission to share his video. He said, "I give permission to everyone to use my short video of the Westminster Bridge incident. My prayers are with the victims."

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Former Polish foreign minister films scene after car strikes and injures pedestrians in Westminster

  • 21:17 (IST)

     London police says they are treating Westminster attack 'as terrorist incident until we know otherwise'

  • 21:15 (IST)

    First sketch of assailant being discussed

    According to The Guardian, Quentin Letts, the Daily Mail’s parliamentary sketchwriter, said he saw a man in black attack a police officer outside Parliament before being shot two or three times as he tried to storm into the House of Commons, the Press Association reports.

    “I saw a thick-set man in black clothes come through the gates into New Palace Yard, just below Big Ben,” he told the BBC.

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    Huffington Post political editor tweets...

    From the spot of shooting Paul Waugh tweets, "Message to all of us in Parliament. Entire building in lockdown. We not allowed to move location. Very strict rules mean we cannot take photos of any of this. Helicopters above can however."

  • 21:07 (IST)

A shooting incident was reported on Wednesday outside the British Parliament that resulted in some injuries, a BBC report said. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, they report.

Shots were reported to have been fired close to the Houses of Parliament, the BBC reported. Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster is reportedly in lockdown.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Politicians and journalists tweeted about hearing loud crashes outside the buildings.

Witnesses said they saw people being treated for injuries and reported seeing a man with a knife in the palace grounds. Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices, the report said, adding someone had been shot.

In a separate incident, a Reuters photographer reported that at least a dozen people are injured on Westminster Bridge close to the Parliament, says ForexLive. BBC reports that the people were mowed down by a speeding car.

Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.

According to Bloomberg, at least one person is being treated. The report adds that police have since closed off roads leading to Parliament Square.


With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Mar 23, 2017 07:32:22 IST

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