Shots fired at UK Parliament; officer stabbed and assailant shot
Wednesday a police officer was stabbed and an alleged assailant was reportedly shot after gunfire broke out at the UK Parliament in London. At least four people were lying on the ground, some bleeding heavily, on Westminster Bridge near Britain’s parliament, Reuters reported. It was not clear exactly what happened or how many people were injured.
The leader of the House of Commons said a man had been shot by police. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.
London police confirmed officers were called to ‘firearms incident’ on Westminster Bridge near the Parliament building. No other information was available.
Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related.
Witnesses on scene said about a dozen people were injured on the Westminster Bridge. Another witness told Sky News that there was an “almighty crash” as a vehicle hit the railings outside Parliament.
A witness told Sky News: “Someone rushed through, attacked a policeman… he appeared to be carrying a knife. We heard lots of gunfire.”
Commons speaker John Bercow suspended the session as police responded to an incident.
George Eaton, a journalist with the New Statesman, said that from the window of Parliament’s Press Gallery, he saw police shoot a man who charged at officers.
“A large crowd was seen fleeing the man before he entered the parliamentary estate,” he wrote on the publication’s website. “After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.”
Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, a spokesperson told reporters.
Journalists at the Parliament building said they were told to stay in their offices.
The Press Association news agency reported that two people were seen lying within the grounds of Parliament.