Wednesday afternoon, a scary situation in the UK, when a knifeman got onto the ground of the UK Parliament and stabbed a police officer – before being shot by other police officers. UK law enforcement are considering this a terrorist incident until they have evidence otherwise.
Police also reported that there was an assailant on Westminister bridge that mowed down 5 people and smashed into cars while driving quite a large vehicle, but police do not yet know the connection between the two crimes.
News reports show people being treated for injuries on the side of the bridge. The House of Commons was also locked in.
The New York Times reports:
Witnesses said they had heard gunfire near Portcullis House, an office building for lawmakers and members of their staff. The police said officers had been summoned to the bridge around 2:40 p.m. because of reports of “a firearms incident.”
But basic details remained unclear an hour after the episode.
The BBC broadcast images showing people, apparently wounded, receiving care while lying on the bridge.
Inside the House of Commons, the astonished lawmakers were told that they should not leave the chamber.
“At the moment, the very clear advice from the police and the director of security in the house is that we should remain under suspension, and that the chamber should remain in lockdown until we’ve received advice that it is safe to go back to normal procedures,” David Lidington, the leader of the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament, told lawmakers in remarks broadcast live on the BBC.
Mr. Lidington, while cautioning that his information, was “very limited,” said: “What I am able to say to the House is that there has been a serious incident within the estate. It seems that a police officer has been stabbed; that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.”
The parliamentary complex and the Westminster station on the Tube, London’s subway system, were locked down, and the BBC reported that Prime Minister Theresa May was quickly ushered into a silver Jaguar as the gunfire erupted. An air ambulance landed inside the complex, apparently to evacuate wounded people.