London terror attack as it happened: 5 killed in Westminster Bridge incident, May to hold emergency meet
Shots have been fired outside the Houses of Parliament in central London
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.
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.
London police says they are treating Westminster attack 'as terrorist incident until we know otherwise'
A major security alert is under way at the Houses of Parliament
High alert has been sounded Scotland Yard said the attack in Westminster is being treated "as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise", reports BBC. The Police have entered the UK Parliament.
Shooting incident outside British Parliament: Reports
Shots were reported to have been fired close to the Houses of Parliament, the BBC reported. Politicians and journalists tweeted about hearing loud crashes outside the buildings. At this point it could not be learnt whether there are any casualties but report suggest some peopel have been injured. Follow this space for latest updates,
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Former UK prime minister David Cameron tweets his support for the victims of the London attack
My thoughts with the families of those injured & killed. Those seeking to attack our democracy with these barbarous methods will never win.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 22, 2017
French student among those injured in the Westminster bridge attack, tweets French prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
Solidarité avec nos amis britanniques terriblement frappés, plein soutien aux élèves français blessés, à leurs familles et leurs camarades.— Bernard Cazeneuve (@BCazeneuve) March 22, 2017
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.
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."
BBC reports COBR meeting called by UK prime minister Theresa May
UPDATE: PM is back in Downing Street and "monitoring situation" She'll be chairing emergency COBR meeting later today— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) March 22, 2017
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.
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.
LATEST: At least a dozen injured people on Westminster Bridge near UK parliament: Reuters photographer
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 22, 2017
There has been a serious incident in Parliament but I am okay. Thank you to the security personnel who protect us and the public
— Jonathan Reynolds MP (@jreynoldsMP) March 22, 2017
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