UK Parliament attack: Cop stabbed, assailant shot; police treating it as 'terror incident'

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DEVELOPING – A police officer was stabbed and as many as a dozen people were reportedly run over in what police are treating as a terror attack just outside London’s Parliament building on Wednesday.
An alleged assailant was also shot by police after stabbing the officer. It is unclear if there were others involved in the attack.
London police were called to the Parliament building after reports of gunfire and a vehicle crashing into a crowd at Westminster Bridge near Britain’s parliament. Its not clear exactly what happened or how many people were injured.
On Twitter, London police said they are treating the attack “as terrorist incident until we know otherwise.”
The former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski posted a video on Twitter that seems to show people lying injured in the road on Westminster Bridge.
Sikorski, a senior fellow at the Harvard Centre for European Studies, says he saw at least five people lying on the ground after being “mown down” by a car.
Sikorski told the BBC he “heard what I thought what I thought was just a collision and then I looked through the window of the taxi and someone down, obviously in great distress.
“Then I saw a second person down, and I started filming, then I saw three more people down, one of them bleeding profusely.”
A woman on a bus crossing the bridge at the time of the incident told Sky News, “I saw a car go out of control and go into pedestrians on the bridge … We saw people lying on the floor, injured obviously. I saw 10 people maybe.”
Police said they were called to Westminster at around 10:40 a.m.
The leader of the House of Commons said a man had been shot by police. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.”
Lidington said the Parliament complex is in lockdown.
BBC News reports police believe there is a suspect vehicle outside parliament, people being evacuated from the area.
Witnesses on scene said about a dozen people were injured on the Westminster Bridge. Another witness told Sky News that there was an “almighty crash” as a vehicle hit the railings outside Parliament.
A witness told Sky News: “Someone rushed through, attacked a policeman… he appeared to be carrying a knife. We heard lots of gunfire.”
Witness Jayne Wilkinson told the Telegraph: “We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.”
Commons speaker John Bercow suspended the session as police responded to an incident.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Twitter that President Trump had been briefed on the ongoing situation.
Trump himself said during a brief appearance Wednesday before reporters at the White House that he was just getting the news. He called it “big news.”
The U.S. State Department urges U.S. citizens in London to notify families they are safe.
Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, a spokesperson told reporters.
George Eaton, a journalist with the New Statesman, said that from the window of Parliament’s Press Gallery, he saw police shoot a man who charged at officers.
“A large crowd was seen fleeing the man before he entered the parliamentary estate,” he wrote on the publication’s website. “After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.”
The incident Wednesday comes on the one-year anniversary of the terror attacks in Brussels in which 32 people were killed and more than 300 injured. ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated suicide bombings — two at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. The bombings were the deadliest terror attack in Belgium’s history.
ISIS has long promoted the use of vehicles and knives in attacks by so-called “lone wolf” terrorists, particularly in Western countries. The terrorist group has not claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack.

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