UK Parliament Attack Leaves 5 Dead, Around 40 Injured
Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain’s parliament.
The dead, in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack,” included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. The other three victims were among those hit by the car as it sped across Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament.
The dead police officer who was stabbed was identified as Keith Palmer, 48, with 15 years of service.
The attack paralysed the heart of British government as members of parliament and officials were held in lockdown for hours in the House of Commons, while Theresa May, the prime minister, was whisked away to safety by car.
Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack as “sick and depraved”.
This attack is the deadliest in London since four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the city’s transport system in July 2005, in London’s worst peacetime attack.
It took place on the first anniversary of attacks by Islamist militants that killed 32 people in Brussels.