Terror Attack on Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament in London

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Terror Attack on Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament in London

Another major attack occurred in London on 22 March, since 7 July 2005 London bombings, is suspected to be “Islamist-related terrorism” as per the police. Killing 5 people and injuring at least 40, the attack took place in the city of Westminster, London. A grey Hyundai Tucson on Westminster Bridge crashing into people deliberately, then moved to parliament square hitting railings outside the Houses of Parliament. The attacker in black clothes left the vehicle and entered the grounds of the nearby New Palace Yard, where he stabbed an unarmed police officer with a knife. The suspected Islamist terrorist shortly shot dead by other armed officers. Police believe they know the identity of the attacker and that he was inspired by “international terrorism”, however didn’t reveal his name.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who chaired an emergency meeting in the wake of the attack, said the UK’s threat level had been set at “severe” for some time, and that would not change. “The location of this attack was no accident,” she told journalists outside Downing Street.

“The values our Parliament represents — democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law — command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere. That is why it is a target for those who reject those values, but let me make it clear … any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure,” she further said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the attack an attack on “every democracy”, and said the police presence at Parliament House in Canberra would be increased.

US President Donald Trump said he had spoken with Ms May to offer his condolences, and pledged the “full cooperation and support” of the US Government in responding to the attack.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a statement saying his thoughts were with those affected and their families, and thanking the police and emergency services who show “tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances”.

Westminster Bridge and Palace of Westminster were the main sites of the attack which started around 2:40 pm (local time). It sparked chaos and dozens of people fleeing the scene.