On Wednesday afternoon, Scotland Yard said four had died and at least 40 were injured after a knife-wielding terrorist mowed down pedestrians in London at ‘70 mph,’ before storming parliament and stabbing a police officer to death. According to witnesses, the alleged assailant was shot down shortly after stabbing the police officer. The deceased officer was later named as PC Keith Palmer, 48. Security services released a statement saying they are treating the incident as an act of terrorism. The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, tweeted saying President Donald Trump had been briefed on the situation.
The attacker struck around 2.35pm GMT, shortly after Prime Minister’s Questions – the highlight of the political week – was held in the Palace of Westminster.
Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed from the building by her security detail, while other MPs were put on lockdown inside the debating chamber.
Proceedings in Parliament were canceled for the rest of the day.
Emergency response teams flooded the area around Parliament in the wake of the attack.