Wednesday, March 22, 2017

London Parliament Terror Attack

By Douglas V. Gibbs

In London there has been a coordinated terrorist attack.  One death, many with 'catastrophic' injuries.  The attacks occurred at parliament where a man was shot by armed police, and an attack on Westminster Bridge in central London with a woman dead (UPDATE: 4 Dead - more update links at the end), and at least 10 people treated for injuries.  During the confrontation, one police officer was stabbed and seriously injured.  According to local police, the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.  House of Commons meetings have been suspended.

More information:

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.

The London ambulance service deputy director of operations, Pauline Cranmer, has confirmed that they have treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge.

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