Mayhem outside British Parliament …2 DEAD IN TERROR ATTACK

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At least two people are dead after a terror attacker brought carnage to central London on Wednesday, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attacking police with a knife in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

More than 12 people are said to have been hit by a vehicle on the bridge after a 4×4 drove into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into the gates of Parliament.

An intruder, described by a witness as ‘middle-aged and Asian’, then managed to break into the grounds of the Parliament and stabbed a police officer before he was shot. The policeman is thought to have since died.

An hour after the attack, paramedics removed a man, thought to be the attacker, from the scene after extensive CPR. Another body appeared to have been left on the ground covered by a red blanket.

A doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital said one woman has died and a number of others have been hurt, including some with ‘catastrophic’ injuries.

Prime Minister Theresa May is said to have been bundled into a car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven quickly from the scene. She will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee tonight.

Scotland Yard said the attack, which comes a year to the day after the terrorist atrocities in Brussels, is being treated ‘as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise’.

Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs a ‘police officer has been stabbed’ and the ‘alleged assailant was shot by armed police’ following a ‘serious’ incident within the parliamentary estate.

Witness Jayne Wilkinson said: ‘We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.

‘And then there were three shots fired, and then we crossed the road and looked over. The man was on the floor with blood.

‘He had a lightweight jacket on, dark trousers and a shirt. He was running through those gates, towards Parliament, and the police were chasing him.’

Her partner David Turner added: ‘There was a stampede of people running out. You saw the people and you thought ‘what the hell is going on’.’

Steve Voake, 55, was walking across the Westminster Bridge and saw at least two bodies lying on the road and one in the water.

‘I saw a trainer lying in the road and when I looked more closely I saw that there were a couple of bodies the other side of the road,’ he told the Press Association.

‘And when I looked over the side there was another body lying in the water with blood all around it.

Speaking to reporters outside the central London hospital, junior doctor Colleen Anderson from St Thomas’ Hospital said a female pedestrian had died.

She also said she treated a police officer in his 30s with a head injury who had been taken to King’s College Hospital.

She said: ‘I confirmed one fatality. A woman. She was under the wheel of a bus. She died, confirmed her death at the scene.’

A spokesman for the Port of London Authority, which looks after safety on the River Thames, said: ‘A female member of the public was recovered from the water near Westminster Bridge. She is alive but undergoing urgent medical treatment on a nearby pier. We believe she fell from the bridge.’

He said the river has been closed from Vauxhall to Embankment ‘as part of the security response’.

Mail journalist Quentin Letts saw the incident out of the window of a Commons office. He told the BBC: ‘We heard this sound that sounded like a car crash… Then we saw a thick set man in black clothes come through the gates where people would normally drive cars

‘This man had something in his hand. It looked like a stick. He was challenged by two policemen. The policeman fell down.

‘We could see the man in black moving his arm in a way that suggested he was either striking or stabbing.’

A spokesman for the Port of London Authority, which looks after safety on the River Thames, said: ‘A female member of the public was recovered from the water near Westminster Bridge. She is alive but undergoing urgent medical treatment on a nearby pier. We believe she fell from the bridge.’

He said the river has been closed from Vauxhall to Embankment ‘as part of the security response’.

Mail journalist Quentin Letts saw the incident out of the window of a Commons office. He told the BBC: ‘We heard this sound that sounded like a car crash… Then we saw a thick set man in black clothes come through the gates where people would normally drive cars

‘This man had something in his hand. It looked like a stick. He was challenged by two policemen. The policeman fell down.

‘We could see the man in black moving his arm in a way that suggested he was either striking or stabbing.’ 
An injured victim walks from the scene on Westminster Bridge where more than 10 people were reported knocked down
Armed Police have opened fire and shot a person outside the Houses of Parliament. A vehicle was seen on social media to have crashed into the fence of the palace 
Members of the public rushed to help a man run down after the vehicle mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge
SCENES OUTSIDE THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT

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