The London terror incident which led to the death of four people is being described by the police as an “Islamist-related” terrorism incident.
Twenty-nine more people suffered various degrees of injury from the incident with seven of them in critical condition. The London terror incident took place outside the British parliament in Westminster, London. On Wednesday (March 22) a man driving a car intentionally ran down a number of people on Westminster bridge, crashed the vehicle, got out and ran into the parliament grounds armed with a knife.
On Wednesday (March 22) a man driving a car intentionally ran down a number of people on Westminster bridge, crashed the vehicle, got out and ran into the parliament grounds armed with a knife.
Using the knife he stabbed a policeman before being shot and killed by security forces. Some members of the public and the policeman named Keith Palmer have been reported dead.
Mark Rowley, police’s acting deputy commissioner, said that the police think they know who the attacker was before designating the attack as suspected “Islamist-related terrorism.”
After the London terror incident which took place around noon, Parliament which is housed in the Palace of Westminster, was put on lockdown for most of the evening. Armed police and other emergency services continue covering the scene, while the roads around parliament have been cleared of people and traffic.
Prime Minister Theresa May Gives Powerful Speech After The London Terror Incident
Prime Minister Theresa May had been taken away from parliament in a car by police as the incident occurred. The Prime Minister called for an emergency Cobra committee meeting and upped the UK’s threat level to severe.
She said that Parliament will sit “as normal” on Thursday in a powerful speech given on the steps of Downing Street where she condemned the London terror incident and declared that it would not defeat British values.
In the Prime Minister’s words;
“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.
The values our 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 who reject those values. 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 that have come from around the world to visit this great city will get up and go about their day as usual.
We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”
Police say the man acted alone but a number of arrests have been taking place. Since the London terror incident; six addresses have been searched and seven arrests have been made in the terror probe.