London attack: Two dead after driver ‘ploughed into pedestrians

London attack: Two dead after driver ‘ploughed into pedestrians, before crashing vehicle and stabbing policeman’

Warning: Some of the images and video footage in this report are distressing

Independent.ie Newsdesk
March 22 2017 2:52 PM

Police close to the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Victoria Jones/PA Wire14
Police close to the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
At least two people have died after a knifeman brought terror to the heart of London, mowing down pedestrians then stabbing a policeman before being shot by armed officers.
Eyewitnesses described scenes of terror as the attacker was shot several times as he approached a second officer within yards of the British Houses of Parliament at Westminister.


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Paramedics fought to save his life and that of his victim on the floor of the cobbled courtyard in front of Parliament with British Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood among those who rushed to help.

Colleen Anderson, a junior doctor at St Thomas’ hospital, said a woman was killed as the attacker drove a grey Hyundai i40 across Westminster Bridge before crashing it into railings then running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster.
Police close to the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament: Yui Mok/PA Wire14
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Police close to the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Up to 12 people may have been injured on the bridge – with some of those injuries described as “catastrophic”.

Dr Anderson also said she treated a police officer in his 30s with a head injury who had been take to King’s College hospital.

VIDEO: Numerous ambulances attend to injured on Westminster Bridge

She said: “I confirmed one fatality. A woman. She was under the wheel of a bus.

“She died. Confirmed her death at the scene.”
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Westminster terror alert

At least one of the people being treated in the palace courtyard was wheeled away on a stretcher with their face covered.

VIDEO: Aerial footage shows ambulance within Parliament grounds

The attack left a trail of destruction as paramedics tended to victims on the bridge and at the gate.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was seen being ushered into a silver Jaguar in the grounds of the palace as what sounded like gunfire rang out at around 2.45pm.
A British government source confirmed she was “OK”.

The first reports of an incident were made at approximately 2.42pm on Wednesday afternoon.

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