LIVE London terror attack: PM Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee condemn attack outside UK Parliament

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New Delhi | Updated: March 23, 2017 9:58:29 AM

Police have since closed off roads leading to Parliament Square.

Five dead including police officer and assailant in London attack, says police (Reuters)

At least five people, including attacker and police officer, died in attack outside British Parliament, while 40 people were injured. Shots have been fired outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, according to news reports. While several reports are saying that loud explosions have been heard at the scene. Police have since closed off roads leading to Parliament Square. Police said they are treating the incident as terror attack until further information in received. Business in the House of Commons has been suspended as a precaution.

Here are the LIVE UPDATES

9:42 am: Sterling lower after London attack.

9:40 am: The lights of the Eiffel Tower were turned off at midnight to pay respect for the victims of Wednesday’s vehicle and knife attack in Westminster.

8:45 am: “India stands by UK; terrorism must be met through collective action by international community,” says President Mukherjee

8:43 am: “Shocked to hear of terrorist attack in London ; condolences to bereaved families & prayers for recovery of injured,” says President Pranab Mukherjee.

8:05 am: Donald Trump Jr is facing criticism for posting a distasteful tweet featuring London Mayor Sadiq Khan hours after a major terror attack on the Houses of Parliament in London.

8:00 am: Check out PM Modi’s tweet

7:58 am: At this difficult moment, India stands with UK in the fight against terrorism, says PM Modi.

7:56 am: Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, says PM Narendra Modi.

7:15 am: Prime Minister Theresa May also paid tributes to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who responded to the attack.

7:12 am: “We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart,” she said.

7:10 am: The Metropolitan Police named the police officer killed as 48-year-old Keith Palmer and also confirmed that the attacker was ‘known’ to the police.

7:08 am: “I can also now confirm three members of the public also lost their lives in this attack. And I confirmed earlier, the suspected attacker was shot dead by an armed officer -therefore meaning we now have five people in total who have died, said Mark Rowley, national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing and the Acting Deputy Commissioner.

4.20 am: In the latest update, five people, including attacker and police officer, died in attack outside British Parliament, while 40 people hurt.

2.55 am: PM Theresa May says attacks against the values that the world’s oldest parliament represents are “doomed to failure”

2. 45 am: UK won’t change terror threat level after attack: PM Theresa May

ALSO WATCH | Four dead in what police called a ‘marauding terrorist attack’ near UK parliament

2. 35 am: British Prime Minister Theresa May chairs emergency meeting

2. 25 am: British Prime Minister Theresa May reacted on London attack, said that the location of Westminster attack was no accident. She aloso added, “we have seen a sick and depraved attack in London.”

1: 45 am: Washington-NATO secretary general condemns London attack, says NATO allies stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom

1: 26 am: No Indian casualty in London attack, says Sushma Swaraj

12. 46 am: Eyewitness recounts horror of Westminster attack

12. 15 am: European government official says that UK investigators are considering possibility that London attack was inspired by Islamic State propaganda

12. 02 am: UK’s top anti-terrorism officer says one man armed with knife entered Parliament

11. 56 pm: One police officer was killed in London attack, says, UK’s top anti-terrorism officer

11. 49 pm: UK’s top anti-terrorism officer says man believed to be the attacker is dead

11. 46 pm: UK’s top anti-terrorism officer says currently believe there was only one attacker

11.40 pm: Four people dead, including the police officer, and 20 injured in UK parliament attack, says Anti-Terrorism officer.

11. 30 pm: US President Donald Trump spoke to Britain’s Theresa May about the attack over phone: White House

11. 25 pm: US Secretary of State Tillerson says expresses condolences to victims of London attack

11. 20 pm: Reports confirms that one of those killed in the attack was a police officer.

Multiple injuries, deaths near UK Parliament. (Reuters)

11. 16 pm: In the wake of attack near UK Parliament, New York Police is bringing in heavy weapons to Grand Central, City Hall and other locations : Reports

11. 10 pm: According to reports, French PM says French students have been hurt in London attack

11. 03 pm: India strongly condemns Westminster terrorist incident and condoles loss of life. No place in democracies and civilised societies for terrorism: Ministry of External Affairs

10.58 pm: Seriously injured woman recovered from Thames after attack: official

10.57 pm: Any Indians injured during Westminster incident today may reach Public Response Unit of HCI ASAP:; 02086295950

10.55 pm: Watch: Terrifying moment police opened fire outside Parliament

10. 52 pm: Watch: Full statement by Scotland Yard on London terror incident

10.50 pm: Visuals of incident Tweeted by Fox News

10.48 pm: Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, has Tweeted:

10.47 pm: Woman pulled alive from River Thames after attack; has serious injuries, says Port of London Authority

10.35 pm: London ambulance service says have treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge

10.27 pm: British Prime Minsiter to chair meeting of emergency security committee on Wednesday in wake of attack

10.20 pm: British Police say will not speculate whether London incident is over yet

10.15 pm: Transport for London says underground station at Westmisnter has been shut at police request

10.08 pm: Two people, including the attacker, have been dead in the incident so far. The MPs inside the parliament are still in lockdown.

9.56 pm: The person has been shot dead by police:

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9.51 pm: A video from the incident. A woman who was fatally injured in the attack has been reported dead.

9.48 pm: One woman, who was mowed down by a car in the attack, is reported dead.

9.29 pm: US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he had been briefed on events in London but gave no details.

9.26 pm: Bridge St (Westbound) btwn Westminster Brg & Parliament Sq – Restrictions in place due to a police incident. Traffic is slow in the area.

9.24 pm: Bridge St (Westbound) btwn Westminster Brg & Parliament Sq – Restrictions in place due to a police incident. Traffic is slow in the area.

9.22 pm: British police said they were treating an incident in which a policeman was stabbed inside the perimeter of Britain’s parliament building as a terrorist incident. “Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” police said in a statement.

9.15 pm: MPs were placed in lockdown within the House of Commons chamber as the incident unfolded. The House of Commons Leader told MPs that he believes a police officer was stabbed and the attacker was shot.

9.10 pm: In a related incident, the BBC is reporting a large vehcile mowing down at least five people and crashing into the side of the Parliament building. The metropolitan police has asked residents to avoid Parliament Square, Whitehall, Westminster & Lambeth Bridge, Victoria St up to junction with Broadway & Victoria Embankment/tube.

9.00 pm: Watch Video | Police tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London, Britain

8.55 pm: Here’s what official account of UK police has to say

8.50 pm: An eye-witness posted video of air-ambulance which reached spot just after the incident:

8.45 pm: Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices, the report said, adding someone had been shot. Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.

This is a developing story

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