An incident of shooting has been reported outside British Parliament in England and the Metropolitan Police says it is aware of the matter. At least a dozen people have been reportedly injured with one of them lying near the gate of the legislature. A policeman has been stabbed, but the assailant has been shot dead by the police according to authorities. It is not clear yet whether this is a terror attack. The police is saying that this is being treated as a firearms incident only at the moment. Armed policemen have entered Parliament carrying shields. According to an initial reaction to Reuters David Lidington, the leader of the House of Commons, told Parliament, “The alleged assailant was shot by armed police, an ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties”. He added, “There are also reports of further violent incidents in the Palace of Westminster but it would be wrong of me to go into further details before confirmation from the police.” British Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly safe even as London has been put in lockdown mode. No one is being allowed to go into the area concerned. However, it is being said that she was just 50 or so yards away from the incident. Meanwhile, London police says they are treating Westminster attack ‘as terrorist incident until we know otherwise’. Check out the reactions and updates on Twitter:
The High Commission of India has issued helpline number for Indians, if any, injured in London terror attack. “Any Indians injured during Westminster incident today may reach Public Response Unit of HCI ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org; 02086295950”. It issued another telephone number to contact after office hours-020 7632 3035.
Any Indians injured during Westminster incident today may reach Public Response Unit of HCI ASAP:
— India in the UK (@HCI_London) March 22, 2017
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 22, 2017
Shocked over the news, Twitterati gave their prayers and thoughts to the people of London. “Ohh nooo! Why? Just why? Stay safe”, posted a Twitterati.
— HARRY DUNKIRK ITALIA (@HarryDunkirkITA) March 22, 2017
The people, who visited the spot recently, could not believe it was attacked. They extended prayers for the victims. “Stay safe, stay strong. Our hearts are with you. Sending all our prayers, love and support,” read a tweet.
— PEOPLE OF #INDIA (@mohantyindia) March 22, 2017
The people also blamed Mayor of London Sadiq Khan behind the attack, saying London is not safe under his hands.
— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) March 22, 2017
Meanwhile, people also expressed anger on the reaction of US President Donald Trump over the issue. Trump said “just got an update on the situation in London”, reported CNBC TV18. Posting his reaction, a girl tweeted “He’s like ‘why do I care?'” Another Twitterati wrote, “I just realised @POTUS @realDonaldTrump will tweet something abject, base, and contemptuous about #London. I’ll clear off.”
A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people. pic.twitter.com/tdCR9I0NgJ
— Radosław Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) March 22, 2017
Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski posted a video of the mishap on Twitter. He also extended prayers for the victims.
My statement on the incident near Parliament Square this afternoon. Please visit http://t.co/NzFxlDdZ9N for the latest information. pic.twitter.com/T4s43cGzub
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) March 22, 2017
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issued a statement on the “serious incident”. In the statement, he said, “I have spoken to the Acting Commissioner. The Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with the incident and an urgent investigation is underway. My thoughts are with those affected and their families.”