[U.K]–Not less than four people have lost their lives to the London Terrorist Attack that happened at Westminster today.
According to Daily Mail, three people and a terrorist are dead after an attacker brought carnage to central London today, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and hacking at police with knives in the grounds of the Houses of the Parliament.
Around 20 people have also been hit when a 4×4 drove along the pavement on the crowded bridge, knocking down and seriously injuring pedestrians before crashing into a fence below Big Ben.
The killer, described by witnesses as ‘middle-aged and Asian’, then managed to break into the grounds of Parliament, where he fatally stabbed a police officer with two knives.
The policeman died at the scene. The attacker – who was shot at least twice by armed officers guarding the building – died after he was taken to hospital.
It is currently believed he was the only ‘lone wolf’ attacker, although the police have refused to rule out other people being involved. Around 20 pedestrians and three other police officers were injured.
Prime Minister Theresa May was bundled into her car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven quickly from the scene as the attack unfolded. She chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra Committee tonight.
Scotland Yard said the attack, which comes a year to the day after the atrocities in Brussels, is being treated ‘as a terrorist incident’.
Following the attack, The Sun has reported that Prime Minister Theresa May has just addressed the country.
She said: “Following the sick and depraved terrorist attack on the streets of our capital this afternoon.
“The full details are still emerging but having been updated by police and security officials, the attacker killed two people injuring many more including three police officers.”
“I can confirm that this appalling incident began when a single attacker drove his vehicle into pedestrians walking over Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring many more including three police officers. This attacker who was armed with a knife then ran towards Parliament where he was confronted by the police officers who keep us and our democratic institutions safe.
“Tragically one officer was killed. The terrorist was also shot dead. The United Kingdom’s threat level has been set at severe for some time and this will not change.”
“Acting Deputy Commissioner Rowley will give a further operational update will be given this evening. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, to the victims themselves and their families and friends who waved their loved ones off but will now not be welcoming them home.
“For those of us who were in Parliament at the time of this attack, these events provide a particular reminder of the exceptional bravery of our police and security services, who risk their lives to keep us safe. Once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way.
“On behalf of the whole country I want to pay tribute to them and to all our emergency services for the work they have been doing to reassure the public and bring security back to the streets of our capital city. That they have lost one of their own in today’s attack only makes their calmness and professionalism all the more remarkable. The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.
“These streets of Westminster, home to the world’s oldest Parliament are ingrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values are 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 that reject those values.
“But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before, any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure. Tomorrow morning Parliament will meet as normal, we will come together as normal and Londoners and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city will get about and go about as normal.
“They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives and we will all move forward together.
“Never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of evil and hate to drive us apart.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has recently sympathized with the people and Government of the United Kingdom.
This is contained in a tweet published by the President’s handle this evening.
“My sympathies to PM @theresa_may and the Government and people of the UK. Nigeria stands with you at this sad and trying moment.
“An attack anywhere in the world is an attack on us all. The whole world must join hands to defeat terrorists and conquer their evil.” He proclaimed.
The BBC has however reported that the mood is now calm and almost resigned.
In a chat with reporters, a man has said resignedly, “It was a matter of time I suppose, I’m old enough to remember the IRA days. I remember them saying ‘we only have to get lucky once’.”
Father Giles Orton, a Church of England curate from Derbyshire, in London to shop for “ecclesiastical supplies”, says he is “just shocked and saddened”.
But he adds, we “should be grateful” that it had not been worse.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg