Terrorist Attack In London!

politics
March 22, 2017

What authorities are treating as a "terrorist attack" has struck London outside the Houses of Parliament, just says after what appeared to be a Muslim extremist attack in Paris.

According to the Associated Press, multiple people have been injured outside the Britain’s key governmental building.

One witness described at least five people being “mown down” by a car. Yahoo! News is saying a dozen people were injured by the vehicle. At least one woman was killed, according to UK's The Independent, and some of those surviving are said to have catastrophic injuries.

London police are saying one of their officers was stabbed by an assailant before other officers gunned the assailant down. The attacker was killed.

Police are saying they’re treating this "as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise."

According to BBC News, The Independent’s political editor Tom Peck reported, "There was a loud bang. Screams. Commotion. Then the sound of gunshots. Armed police everywhere."

Press Association editor Andrew Woodcock, who was on scene, said, "I heard shouts and screams from outside and looked out, and there was a group of maybe 40 or 50 people running round the corner from Bridge Street into Parliament Square.”

He reported seeing a man run out of the crowd “holding up a long kitchen knife.”

And it might not be the only scene of violence in the area.

Commons Leader David Lidington acknowledged, "There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster but I hope colleagues on all sides will appreciate that it'd be wrong of me to go into further details until we have confirmation from the police and from the House security authorities about what is going on."

This attack follows one in Paris on Saturday where Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a French man born to Tunisian parents, put a gun to a female soldier's head.

According to CNN, the man yelled, "I am here to die in the name of Allah. ... There will be deaths," before being shot to death by other soldiers.

Belgacem's father insisted his son wasn't a terrorist but was merely under the influence of drugs.