London terror attack targets UK parliament

  • Ashleigh Templeton
  • 23.3.2017 09:36

At least four people, including the attacker and a policeman, were killed and about 40 wounded in a car and stabbing attack outside the London Houses of Parliament during afternoon hours local time on 22 March. London’s Metropolitan Police are treating the incident as a marauding terrorist attack with possible links to Islamic radicalism.

The attacker struck more than 20 pedestrians with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge before crashing at the Houses of Parliament. He then tried to enter the building but was shot dead by police after fatally stabbing an unarmed police officer. The House of Commons session was suspended and hundreds of people were evacuated to Westminster Abbey. At least seven people of various nationalities were detained in raids following the attack at four different locations, although police highlighted that the attacker acted alone. UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that an attack on UK values through violence and terror is doomed to failure. Extra unarmed and armed police will be present on London’s streets over the next few days. The attack came on the first anniversary of the Brussels terror attacks. According to the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, up to 97 percent of all victims of terrorism are Muslims.

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