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UPDATED: Police officer injured, suspect shot in knife/vehicle attack outside UK Parliament

Police secure the area on the south side of Westminster Bridge close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London’s police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament. Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

 

Apologies for the hurried previous post from my phone, I am now at a PC, and here is the latest:

From The Associated Press:

Dennis Burns, who was just entering Parliament for a meeting, told the Press Association he heard a radio message saying an officer had been stabbed. Police and security rushed outside as he was going in.

“When I got inside I was wondering what the hell was going on and I saw dozens of panicked people running down the street,” he said. “The first stream was around 30 people and the second stream was 70 people.

“It looked like they were running for their lives,” he said.

On the bridge, witnesses said a vehicle struck several people, and photos showed a car plowed into railings.

The former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski posted a video on Twitter that showed people lying injured on the bridge.

Sikorski, a senior fellow at Harvard Centre for European Studies, says he saw at least five people lying on the ground after being “mown down” by a car.

In Parliament, witnesses reported hearing sounds like gunfire.

Leader of the House of Commons David Lidington said an assailant at Parliament was shot and that there were reports of other violence nearby.

Journalists there said they were told to stay in their offices. Press Association news agency reported that two people were seen lying within the grounds of Parliament.

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.

This sounds an awful lot like a multi-perp incident, with all of the assumptions that entails. However, the usual caution applies about the first reports so often being wrong.

We’ll keep you posted.


11:30EDT initial post:

From AP.org:

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on reports of an incident outside Britain’s parliament (all times local): 3:15 p.m.

The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man attacked a police officer at Parliament and has been shot by police.

David Lidington says the Parliament complex is in lockdown.

He says there are reports of further violent incidents neaby, and police say they have been called to a firearms incident on nearby Westminster Bridge.

Witnesses said a vehicle struck several people on the bridge, and photos showed a car plowed into a railing.

 

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3 responses to ‘UPDATED: Police officer injured, suspect shot in knife/vehicle attack outside UK Parliament

    • Yet even after this they’ll have more police on the street without guns than with. What’s the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but if it’s stupid all its gonna do is drown.”
      There is no good reason not to arm all the cops. None.

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