UK Parliament on lockdown after suspected terrorist attack leaves 5 dead

Mar 23, 2017 11:30 IST

Five people were killed, including a police officer, in a suspected terrorist attack outside the British Houses of Parliament on 22 March 2017.

While a vehicle slammed into unsuspecting pedestrians on the nearby Westminster Bridge, an unidentified assailant wielding a knife stabbed a police officer multiple times. The attack put the British Parliament on a complete lockdown for hours. Members and officials remained inside while Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May was rushed away to safety by car.

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• The assailant with the knife was shot dead by armed police.

• London Police stated that they would be treating the attack as a terrorist incident until they know otherwise.

• Several world leaders including Indian Prime Mister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and voice their staunch support for the UK in its fight against terrorism.

• Those dead include the assailant, the policeman he stabbed and three other victims who were hit by the speeding car.

• Theresa May termed the terror strike as “sick and depraved” and added that the location of the attack was no accident.

Speaking on the investigation, Mark Rowley, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer stated that the police’s fast-paced investigation was working on the assumption that the attack was Islamist-related terrorism.

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The incident is the biggest suspected case of terrorism in London since four British Islamist suicide bombers killed over 52 people in an attack on the city’s transport system in July 2005. It also coincides with the first anniversary of the Islamic State suicide attacks that killed 32 people in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium.

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