Five people died and nearly 40 others injured when a knife-wielding man rampaged through a street in his car and tried to storm the UK Parliament in London.
London terror attack: Four people died and nearly 40 others were injured when a knife-wielding man rampaged through a street in his car and tried to storm the UK Parliament in London. The incident has been termed as “Islamist-related terrorism” attack. The dead included the attacker, who was “known” to the Metropolitan Police, and the 48-year-old police officer he stabbed. The police identified the officer as Keith Palmer. Three civilians were killed when the man plowed his grey Hyundai i40 through the pedestrians on Westminster Bridge just outside the British Parliament. The knife-man then tried to gain entry to the Parliament via the main entrance and stabbed a police officer. Plainclothes armed officers shouted warnings at him before shooting a number of rounds.
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7:45 am: In a message to the police, British Queen Elizabeth II said, “My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by the awful violence.”
7:00 am: Before he killed at least four people in Britain’s deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat.
6:55 am: A British-born former teacher and Muslim convert, Masood had shown up on the periphery of previous terrorism investigations that brought him to the attention of Britain’s MI5 spy agency.
3:56 AM: No evidence that British-born London attacker Khalid Masood travelled overseas to join Jihadist groups: US Government sources
2:33 AM: A Utah couple was enjoying the final day of their European trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when they were among the crowd of people on London’s Westminster Bridge who were struck by an SUV. Kurt W. Cochran was one of two people killed and his wife, Melissa Cochran, was among dozens who were injured.
12:50 AM: Nigel Farage, former leader of the right-wing UK Independence Party, blamed the attack on “multiculturalism,” which he said “leads to divided communities.” (AP)
11:50 PM: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talking about the terrorist attack outside British Parliament said, “we condemn terrorism and we stand against all forms of terrorism”.
09:20 PM: British police named the man behind the attack as Khalid Masood (52), saying he had a string of criminal convictions but none for terrorism-related offences. Masood, who killed three people near parliament before being shot dead, was born in Kent to the southeast of London and had been most recently living in central England, London police said.
8:30 PM: A video filmed by British lawmaker David Davies shows scenes of panic in Westminster during the attack
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07:45 PM: Pope Francis was “deeply saddened” by the terror attack outside the British parliament and prayed for all those affected. In a message of solidarity to the head of the Roman Catholic church in Britain, the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nicholsthe, the Holy See said, “His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his prayerful
solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy.”
6:30 PM: A picture of British Foreign Officer, Tobias Ellwood has come out in which he is seen giving first aid to a wounded police officer, one of four casualties of the London terror attack. The police constable has been identified as Keith Palmer.
5:55 PM: Terrorist organisation ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to the news agency Reuters. Earlier in the day, PM May said Islamist thinking was behind the attack.
5:10 PM: The British Prime Minister also confirmed that this attack won’t change her approach on Brexit. The country is set to start the negotiations once again on 29th March and the PM’s spokesperson told reporters that they won’t be delayed.
4:40 PM: The British Prime Minister also confirmed that attacker was London based. She said, “What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism.
4:22 PM: May says the attack was inspired by Islamist ideology. Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith has thanked India for support by saying, “I want to thank those who have offered wishes of condolence and support from here in India for what has happened. It is a reminder of those links between our two countries the values we share. Secondly, it is still being investigated so I’m not going to dive into the details of the incidence.”
4:18 PM: PM has confirmed that eight arrests have been made overnight and is increasing patrols across the country with more police on streets as precautionary measure. She said terrorists took out rage on innocent women, men and children.
4:15 PM: PM Theresa May says we are not afraid and will never waver in face of terrorism. She added that it was an act of terrorism and free speech, liberty, human rights and rule of law are embodies in Parliament.
3:55 PM: London mayor Sadiq Khan has invited all the citizens for a candlenight vigil. A statement released by his office said, “London is the greatest city in the world. We will never be cowed by terrorism. We stand together, in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will.”
3:23 pm: Sikh Federation (UK) called for unity against all violence and terrorism and urged Sikhs to remain “calm and extra vigilant”.
3:19 pm: The British Parliament has observed a minute of silence to remember those killed in the attack at that heart of the government.
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3:15 pm: British envoy to India today said it was an attack on the values shared by Britain, India and many other countries, and pitched for greater cooperation to defeat the menace.
3:04 pm: British parliament reopens a day after terror attack, according to AFP.
3:02 pm: British Prime Minister Theresa May will make a statement in Parliament
3:00 pm: Three French high-school students aged 15 or 16, who were on a school trip to London with fellow students from Brittany, were among the injured.
2:57 pm: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was expected to arrive in London to visit them at hospital, French media reported.
2:55 pm: Experts say the tactic of mowing people down avoids the need to obtain any explosives or weapons and can be carried out by a “lone-wolf” attacker without using a network of fellow militants – all lessening the risk of alerting security agencies.
2:50 pm: “This kind of attack doesn’t need special preparation, it is very low-cost, within anybody’s reach,” said Sebastien Pietrasanta, a French Socialist lawmaker and terrorism expert.
2:45 pm: The Lok Sabha also condemned the terror attack on the British Parliament in London that killed five people including the attacker.
2:20PM: The pound hit a month’s high against the dollar on Thursday as investors awaited UK retail sales data expected to turn positive for the first time in three months. This was above Wednesday’s low of $1.2424 the pound had briefly hit after the attack in London.
2:15PM: Meanwhile, Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydlo drew a link on Thursday between an attack in London targeting the British parliament and the European Union’s migrant policy, saying the assault vindicated Warsaw’s refusal to take in refugees.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 23, 2017
2:10PM: British police believe the attack was linked to Islamic terrorism and are checking whether the lone attacker was supported by anyone else, the defence minister said on Thursday. “The police are investigating this man, his associates, where he came from,” Michael Fallon told BBC Radio
Watch: A flag flies at half-mast over Westminister
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2:05PM: Russian President Vladimir Putin says the attack outside Parliament in London underlined the need for pooling global efforts against terrorism. In a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May released by the Kremlin Thursday, Putin said the “forces of terror are acting in an increasingly treacherous and cynical way.”
2:00PM: Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said that there was a mix of nationalities among the dead but gave no details. He said the latest figures were that there were four dead including the attacker and 29 people being treated in hospital, seven of whom were in a critical condition
This is what London Mayor Sadiq Khan had to say:
Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism. pic.twitter.com/SidIuIztvu
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) March 22, 2017
1:54PM: UK’s Defence Minister Fallon says police are checking whether other people are involved in London attack
1:50PM: South Korea’s foreign ministry said in Seoul that five of its citizens for wounded near the British parliament on Wednesday in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack”
1:46 pm: Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley has said the latest figures were that there were four dead including the attacker and 29 people being treated in hospital, seven of whom were in a critical condition.
1:35 pm: British police have searched six addresses.
1:23 pm: Seven persons have been arrested over British parliament terror attack says Police, according to AFP report.
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1:15 pm: French Presidential candidate Le Pen says London attack shows importance of protecting borders, closing downs Mosques with extremist links.
1:10 pm: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the attack outside Britain’s Parliament in London.
12:52 pm: The Rajasthan Assembly today condemned the terror attack near the UK Parliament and paid homage to the victims.
12:50 pm: As soon as the Question Hour got over, Speaker Kailash Meghwal said the attack which left four persons dead and nearly 40 injured took place yesterday when Parliament in London was functioning.
12:21 pm: British police made several arrests in a raid on a house in Birmimgham as part of an investigation into Wednesday’s attack on parliament, Sky News television channel quoted unidentified sources as saying on Thursday.
12:20 pm: I want to thank those who have offered wishes of condolence&support frm here in India, says D Asquith
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12:15 pm: Business of life will carry on.Will do our utmost so people go on doing that in confidence and safety, says D Asquith, UK High Commissioner to India on London attack.
10:50 am: In the wake of the unfortunate terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday, the music fraternity across the world, have come forward and shared their condolences and prayers for the people of London.
10: 45 am: Artists like Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding and many others took to their Twitter and condemned the attack on Westminster Bridge in London.
10:40 am: The Scotland Yard has urged public to “remain vigilant” and said a review of policing strategy in London was underway, with additional policemen being deployed across the city.
10:37 am: The first mass casualty terrorist strike on Britain in over a decade was condemned as “sick and depraved terrorist attack” on democratic values by Prime Minister Theresa May.
10:32 am: The incident happened on the first anniversary of attacks in Brussels by Islamist militants that killed 32 people, and the use of a vehicle was a copy of an Islamic State tactic used previously in the French city Nice and Germany’s Berlin.
10:27 am: Sterling lower after London attack.
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10:25 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.
10:20 am: “India stands by UK; terrorism must be met through collective action by international community,” says President Mukherjee
10:18 am: “Shocked to hear of terrorist attack in London ; condolences to bereaved families & prayers for recovery of injured,” says President Pranab Mukherjee.
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10:16 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.
10:16 am: Check out PM Modi’s tweet
Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
10:15 am: At this difficult moment, India stands with UK in the fight against terrorism, says PM Modi.
10:14 am: Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, says PM Narendra Modi.
10:13 am: Prime Minister Theresa May also paid tributes to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who responded to the attack.
10:12 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.
10:10 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.
10:08 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.