Terror attack in London left Five people dead
Five people have died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker
drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman
and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament.
The dead officer has been named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband
PM Theresa May said the attack was “sick and depraved” and struck
at values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech. The attacker
has not been named by police.
Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the
Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they think they know who
he is and that he was inspired by international and Islamist-related
terrorism, but gave no further details.
The attack unfolded at about 14.40 GMT when a single attacker drove
a grey Hyundai i40 along a pavement over Westminster Bridge, near
the Houses of Parliament in central London, killing at least two people
and injuring many more.
The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament.
The attacker, armed with a knife, ran to Parliament where he was
confronted by the police. PC Palmer – who was not armed – was
then stabbed and killed.
The attacker was shot dead by armed officers.
Mr Rowley paid tribute to PC Palmer, saying: “He was someone who
left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift,
and he had every right to expect that would happen.”
“Heartbroken” former colleague, Conservative MP James Cleverly, paid
tribute to the “lovely man” he had known for 25 years. The pair had
served together in the Royal Artillery before PC Palmer became a policeman.
One woman was killed after being hit by the attacker’s car before it reached
Parliament. She was confirmed dead by a doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Mrs May said the attack was a “sick and depraved” attack on the heart of the
capital. Such attempts to defeat UK values were “doomed to failure”, she said.
She paid tribute to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who
responded to the attack, saying: “We will all move forward together, never
giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”
The prime minister added: “The location of this attack was no accident.
“The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city where people of all
nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty,
democracy and freedom of speech.”
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “My message to those that want to harm us and
destroy our way of life is: You won’t succeed; you won’t divide us; we won’t be cowed