BREAKING NEWS: At least two dead and several ‘catastrophically injured’ after car mows down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before a knifeman is shot after attacking police officer in the grounds of Parliament
- Four-wheel drive car said to have driven over Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians this afternoon
- Victims were said to have been left scattered in the road, with some reportedly knocked into the River Thames
- ‘Asian’ knifeman then got into the grounds of Parliament where he reportedly stabbed a police officer
- The ‘middle-aged’ attacker was then shot by armed officers as the area was cleared by emergency services
- Parliament was suspended and the Prime Minister was rushed from the scene in an unmarked police car
By Richard Spillett and Tim Sculthorpe and Alexander Robertson and Mark Duell for MailOnline
Published: 14:43, 22 March 2017 | Updated: 16:44, 22 March 2017
At least two people are dead after a terror attacker brought carnage to central London today, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attacking police with a knife in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.
More than 12 people are said to have been hit by a vehicle on the bridge after a 4×4 drove into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into the gates of Parliament.
An intruder, described by a witness as ‘middle-aged and Asian’, then managed to break into the grounds of the Parliament and stabbed a police officer before he was shot. The policeman is thought to have since died.
An hour after the attack, paramedics removed one person from the scene after extensive CPR. Another body appeared to have been left on the ground covered by a red blanket.
A doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital has said one woman has died and a number of others have been hurt – including some with ‘catastrophic’ injuries.
Prime Minister Theresa May is said to have been bundled into a car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven quickly from the scene.
Scotland Yard said the attack, which comes a year to the day after the terrorist atrocities in Brussels, is being treated ‘as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise’.
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