4 dead and over 40 injured in London attack
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News March 22, 2017 Updated: 4:09 PM
London’s Parliament was locked down after man plowed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed an armed police officer to death inside gates of Parliament.
The attack began before 3 PM local time, as a car down a number of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. He died, as did two pedestrians on the bridge, and the police officer.
Prime minister Theresa May was near the Commons at the time of the attack, and was quickly ushered away by security officers and driven back to Downing Street.
The prime minister said the nation’s threat level would remain at “severe” and warned terrorists that efforts to undermine Britain’s values were “doomed to failure”.
“We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart,” she said.
Scotland Yard says 4 people died in the attack, and at least 40 others were injured. The attacker was shot and killed by police.Police are treating the incidents as acts of terror.
The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police. In a press conference Wednesday evening, Metropolitan Police acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said the suspect tried to enter Parliament but was stopped "very close to the gate."
The officer who died, identified as 48-year-old Keith Palmer, was not armed, he added. Palmer, a husband and father, served for 15 years with the Metropolitan Police, Rowley said.
President Donald Trump spoke with May by telephone and applauded "the quick response of British police and first responders," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
London police issued a statement asking people to avoid Parliament Square, Whitehall, Westminster and Lambeth bridges, parts of Victoria Street and Victoria Embankment.
British security forces say they have thwarted some 13 terror plots over the past four years, but in recent years the U.K. has largely been spared major international terror attacks such as the ones seen in Belgium and France.