“Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” London’s Metropolitan Police
The House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was immediately suspended and lawmakers were told to stay inside. Prime Minister Theresa May was safe after the incident. David Lidington, The leader of the House, said an assailant who stabbed a policeman had been shot by police.
Amid the confusion, it appeared the incident may have unfolded in several locations, including on the busy Westminster bridge where tourists take pictures of Big Ben and other attractions. Reuters reporters inside parliament said a large number of armed police, some carrying shields, were pouring into the building.
U.S. President Donald Trump had been briefed on events in London but gave no details when speaking to reporters. The incident occurred on the first anniversary of attacks on Brussels in Belgium. Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.
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