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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

FP Staff March 23, 2017 07:32:06 IST
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London terror attack as it happened: 5 killed in Westminster Bridge incident, May to hold emergency meet

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Mar 22, 2017 - 22:57 (IST)

Mar 22, 2017 - 22:57 (IST)

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

Mar 22, 2017 - 22:54 (IST)

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

Mar 22, 2017 - 22:46 (IST)

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.”

Mar 22, 2017 - 22:44 (IST)

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

Mar 22, 2017 - 22:41 (IST)

Mar 22, 2017 - 22:40 (IST)

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. 

Mar 22, 2017 - 22:34 (IST)

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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Mar 22, 2017 - 22:31 (IST)

Mar 22, 2017 - 22:31 (IST)

BBC reports COBR meeting called by UK prime minister Theresa May

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.

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

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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