News Update!!: London, England: Latest Information: Westminster Bridge and Parliament Building Terror Attack.
ZachNews has the latest information regarding the Westminster Bridge and Parliament Building Terror Attack in London, England that occurred on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.
** How the Terror Attack in London, England unfolded: **
The terror attack began at around 2:40pm (London, England Time) on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 in London, England.
A man drives a gray Hyundai i40 across Westminster Bridge, hitting pedestrians along the way.
Several people were killed while dozens of others are seriously injured on the Westminster Bridge, among the injured were French school children.
A woman falls off the Westminster Bridge into the River Thames and was later rescued and given treatment at a nearby pier.
The man speeds off in the vehicle and crashes into railings outside the Parliament building.
At 2:45pm (London, England Time), armed with 2 knives, the man gets out of the vehicle and enters the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.
The man then stabbed an unarmed police officer.
The man was then shot and killed by armed police officers.
At 2:46pm (London, England Time), first responders, law enforcement personal, and medical crews rushed to the terror attack, including an air ambulance landing at the scene.
At 2:47pm (London, England Time), the Parliament building was placed on a locked down and journalists based inside the Parliament building were told to stay in their offices.
Streets around nearby 10 Downing Street, which serves as both the home and office of United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May, were evacuated.
Members of Parliament were later evacuated from the House of Commons Chamber by authorities.
Parliament Square was closed to traffic and the adjoining Westminster subway station was also closed.
At 3:32pm (London, England Time), the Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.) say the attack is being treated “as a terrorist incident.”
The threat level for international terrorism in the United Kingdom was already listed at severe, meaning an attack is “Highly Likely.”
** Death Total: **
At least 4 people in total were killed in the terror attack, including a police officer and an American.
The death total does not count the attacker.
** Victims Identified: **
On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, names of the victims were release by authorities.
- 54 year old Kurt Cochran from Utah:
The American who was killed was identified as 54 year old Kurt Cochran from Utah.
Kurt Cochran was in London, England with his wife Melissa on their final day of a trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
Family of Kurt Cochran revealed he died from his injuries in the terror attack.
Melissa was seriously injured in the terror attack and is recovering from her injuries.
Clint Payne, a family spokesman, said in a statement, “Our family is heartbroken. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries.”
In a tweet, United States of America President Donald Trump said, “A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.”
- 43 year old Aysha Frade:
Authorities identified 43 year old Aysha Frade who died in the terror attack.
Spanish media reports that Aysha Frade was a British woman of Galician origin.
Aysha Frade was on her way to pick up her children from school when she was killed on Westminster Bridge.
Aysha Frade was a language teacher and worked at DLD College London on the administration team.
Aysha Frade had 2 daughters ages 8 years old and 11 years old.
In a statement, DLD College London confirmed that she died in the terror attack.
“We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news that one of the victims yesterday was a member of our staff, Aysha Frade. All our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with her family,” said Rachel Borland, the principal of DLD College London. “We will be offering every support we can to them as they try to come to terms with their devastating loss,” DLD College London said in their statement.
- 48 year old Keith Palmer:
The police officer who was killed by the attacker outside the Parliament building was identified by Scotland Yard as 48 year old Keith Palmer.
Keith Palmer was a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and served on the force for 15 years.
Keith Palmer was a husband and father.
In a statement, London’s Mayor Sidiq Khan said, “Keith Palmer was killed while bravely doing his duty – protecting our city and the heart of our democracy from those who want to destroy our way of life.”
- 75 year old man (Identity Not Release Yet):
According to the Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.), a 4th person has died from his injuries sustained in the terror attack.
The man died after his life support was withdrawn.
The Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.) did not offer any details on the man’s identity.
** Injured Total: **
According to United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May, 30 people were injured in the terror attack.
Among the injured people who required hospital treatment were 12 Britons, 3 French, 2 Romanians, 4 South Koreans, 1 German, 1 Pole, 1 Irish, 1 Chinese, 1 Italian, and 2 Greeks.
** The Attacker and Investigation: **
Authorities identified the man in the terror attack as 52 year old Khalid Masood.
Khalid Masood was born in Kent, England.
Khalid Masood was a British born man who was previously investigated for “violent extremism.”
On Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that Khalid Masood was known to security services as “a peripheral figure” and “was not part of the current intelligence picture.”
Khalid Masood had convictions between 1983 and 2003 that included assault, weapons possession and public order offenses.
The Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.) say Khalid Masood was not subject of any current investigations and that there were no prior intelligence regarding his intent to launch a terrorist attack.
Islamic State claims it is behind the attack in London, England.
In a statement published by Amaq News Agency, ISIS called Khalid Masood, “a soldier of the Islamic State” and said he “carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the international coalition.”
The terror attack in London, England comes on the year anniversary of the Brussels terrorist attacks which killed 32 people and wounded hundreds of people.
The terror attack in London, England was reminiscent of vehicle terror attacks that occurred in Berlin and Nice, France in 2016.
** Raids and Arrests: **
During a press conference on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said that at least 8 people were arrested in connection with the terror attack after raids at various locations in England.
Overnight on Wednesday, march 22nd, 2017, police arrested a 39 year old woman at an address in East London, a 21 year old woman and a 23 year old man at an address in Birmingham and a 26 year old woman and 3 men ages 26 to 28 at a separate address in Birmingham.
On the morning of Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, police arrested a 58 year old man at a separate address in Birmingham.
According to the Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.), all 8 people were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.
Detectives are searching a number of addresses linked to the investigation, including in Carmarthenshire, in East London, and 3 in Birmingham.
Authorities have concluded searches at addresses in Brighton and southeast London.
** Reaction and Condolences: **
- United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May:
During a nationally televised address outside 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May called the attacker a “sick and depraved terrorist” adding, “The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our national capital. Let me make it clear today, any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”
- Queen Elizabeth II:
In a statement on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, Queen Elizabeth II said, “My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence.”
- United States of America President Donald Trump:
In a statement on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 from the White House, United States of America President Donald Trump called United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders.
“He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice,” said United States of America President Donald Trump in the release statement.
Londoners gathered in Trafalgar Square for a vigil for victims of the terror attack well Westminster Hall, the oldest part of Parliament’s buildings, politicians, journalists and parliamentary staff, lined up to sign a book of condolences for victims of the terror attack.
On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, Parliament got back to business, opening the day with a minute’s silence for the victims and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May saluted the heroism of police and the bravery of ordinary Londoners.
** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terror attack in London, England. We stand with the people of London, England as they mourn the victims of the terror attack. **
** Pictures from NBC News. **