UPDATE 3: MISIDENTIFICATION? ABU IZZADEEN STILL IN PRISON?
UPDATE 2: THIS TWEET FROM BREAKING NEWS.
UPDATE 1: 4 CONFIRMED DEAD INCLUDING POLICE OFFICER AND ATTACKER.
Reports are saying a car attacker used his vehicle as a weapon, hitting people before fleeing into the Old Palace before he was shot at least three times by police. Three police were injured. Three of the injured are reportedly French students. There’s no word yet on whether Americans or Canadians were injured.
Today is the anniversary of the attack on Brussels, Belgium, which was carried out by Muslims. There’s no indication from anyone about the identity of today’s attacker. It’s also unclear how many people participated in the attack.
Prime Minister Teresa May is expected to make a public statement soon.
LONDON — Britain’s Parliament was locked down Wednesday after an attacker stabbed an officer and was then shot by police. London police said they were treating the attack as a “terrorist incident until we know otherwise.”
A doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital says a female pedestrian has died and about a dozen people are hurt, some with “catastrophic” injuries, after a vehicle apparently hit pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, near Parliament.
“There were people across the bridge. There were some with minor injuries, some catastrophic,” Colleen Anderson said. “Some had injuries they could walk away from or who have life-changing injuries.”
She said there might be a dozen injured in all.
The threat level for international terrorism in the UK was listed at severe. The city was also on alert for the Thursday funeral of Martin McGuinness, former IRA commander.
Dennis Burns, who was just entering Parliament for a meeting, told the Press Association he heard a radio message saying an officer had been stabbed. Police and security rushed outside as he was going in.
“When I got inside I was wondering what the hell was going on and I saw dozens of panicked people running down the street,” he said. “The first stream was around 30 people and the second stream was 70 people.
Sky News live stream–London terror attack:
Here is an extract from the statement from the Metropolitan police commander, BJ Harrington.
Although we remain open-minded to the motive, a full counter-terrorism investigation is already under way. This is led by the Met counter-terrorism command.
At this stage I will confirm what we know has happened but I will not speculate. We received a number of different reports which included a person in the river, a car in collision with pedestrians and a man armed with a knife. Officers were already in that location as part of routine policing but immediately additional officers were sent to the scene and that included firearms officers. We are working closely with the London ambulance service and the London fire brigade …
We know there are a number of casualties, including police officers, but at this stage we cannot confirm numbers or the nature of these injuries …
The acting commissioner, Craig Mackey, is being treated as a significant witness as he was at the scene when the incident started. Whilst he is not injured, it would be inappropriate for him to be here to talk about this incident at this stage.
Our thoughts and his thoughts are with all those involved and responding to that incident this evening. I would stress that if anyone has information about today’s incident they are urged to call 0800789321 and I want to stress that if the public have any information or see anything suspicious to dial 999 immediately.
Injured being treated on Westminister Bridge:
The Mail’s headline reads this way:
BREAKING NEWS: At least two dead and a dozen hurt – some with ‘catastrophic injuries’ – after car driven by ‘Asian’ knifeman mows down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before he is shot attacking police in grounds of Parliament
In British speak, “Asian” generally means Muslim.
More later as developments warrant.