UK: Several injured in ‘terrorist’ incident at Westminster

London’s Metropolitan Police say an attack in Westminster is being treated “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise”.

A policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament in London.

Around three shots rang out outside the Palace of Westminster after a man ran through the gates into the front yard of the parliamentary compound apparently waving a knife.

Two people were seen being treated on the ground in New Palace Yard amid shouts and screams.

An air ambulance landed in Parliament Square and a regular ambulance came in through the front gates as medics rushed to help the injured people.

As the sitting in the House of Commons was suspended, Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs: “What I am able to say to the House is there has been a serious incident within the estate.

“It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police.

“An air ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties.

“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.”

A Downing Street source confirmed that Prime Minister Theresa May was “okay”.

Mrs May was seen being ushered into a silver Jaguar car as what sounded like gunfire rang out at Parliament during the incident at around 2:45 p.m.

Immediately before the incident a crowd of passers-by was seen running from the direction of Westminster Bridge and around the corner into Parliament Square.

Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.

Conservative MP Grant Schapps says he heard four gunshots and police urged MPs to crawl to cover.

Pictures have emerged of a car having crashed into the railings of Parliament at the end of Westminster Bridge.

Mr Lidington, in a later statement to MPs, confirmed the House of Commons would adjourn for the day.

 

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