Shooting outside UK Parliament: Several wounded; Westminster Palace goes into a lockdown, PM asked for emergency meet
A British police officer was on Wednesday stabbed and his attacker shot dead near the British Parliament complex, in what Scotland Yard are describing as a “terrorist incident”.
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In a related incident, a woman was killed when a speeding grey Hyundai i40 mowed down several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge nearby before ramming into the iron railings on the side of the Palace of Westminster, which houses the House of Commons and Lords as well as the iconic Big Ben.
Following this, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government emergency committee to discuss the response to the terror incident in London. The emergency committee known as Cobra coordinates the high-level response to serious incidents. It brings together government ministers with senior officials of the emergency services and security and intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, the official statement put out by the Metropolitan Police confirms a number of casualties but refused to confirm any deaths or reveal the nature of injuries. The police also asked the citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious incident or person to the emergency service.
Incident in #Westminster: Please report anything suspicious to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321. In an emergency call 999
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017
Downing Street said the Prime Minister was “safe” as emergency services helicopter was seen landing in Parliament Square, which has been cordoned off and closed to traffic.
“We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” the Metropolitan Police said on Twitter. According to reports so far, the incident unfolded as a man tried to gain entry into the Parliament via the main entrance and stabbed a police officer.
Plain-clothes armed officers warned him before shooting a number of rounds. He was later seen being covered by blankets, presumed dead. In a related incident, a speeding vehicle mowed down several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge nearby before ramming into the side of the House of Commons building.
It remains unclear how many attackers may have been involved in the terror incident. Commons Leader David Lidington, who suspended the Parliament session as the incident unfolded outside, told MPs the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police”.
“It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties,” Lidington said.
“There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster but I hope colleagues on all sides will appreciate that it’d be wrong of me to go into further details until we have confirmation from the police and from the House security authorities about what is going on,” he added.
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