UK Parliament Session in Lockdown After Man with Knife Breaches Grounds in Possible Terror Attack

UPDATE [3/22/17, 2:20 p.m. EST]: During a press briefing, a Scotland Yard commander reported that 4 people were killed and 20 people were injured. Among the deceased is the London police officer who was stabbed and the alleged assailant. Three other police officers are among the injured. 

UPDATE [3/22/17, 12:23 p.m. EST]: Fox News has reported that one woman has died and up to a dozen people were run over outside the Parliament building. A junior doctor at St. Thomas’ Hospital told Fox News there were also “catastrophic” injuries from the Westminster Bridge incident. 

On Tuesday, the United Kingdom’s parliament went into lockdown after a man breached the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, according to BBC.

Breaking 911 reported that the man entered through the Brass Gates which are normally closed to the public and is guarded with an armed police presence. The reporter claimed he saw the suspect assault a police officer and appeared to have a knife in his hand.

Daily Mail journalist Quentin Letts told the BBC that he saw a “thick clad man dressed in black” shot by police under the iconic Big Ben clock tower. He described the moment the incident occurred:

“We heard what sounded like a car crash. I looked out and saw lots of members of [the] public running down the pavement screaming and shouting. A thick set man in black clothes came through the gates where people drive cars into New Palace Yard.”

Multiple reports claim people heard “three or four” gun shots.

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Letts confirmed Breaking 911’s report that the assailant was “challenged by two police,” and the man appeared to have a knife. He continued:

“As this attacker ran towards the entrance used by MPs, two plain clothes guys with guns shouted at him — uttered what sounded like a warning — and shot two or three times, and he fell.”

The leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, confirmed that the assailant had been shot, and an officer was stabbed. According to BBC, he told parliament members:

“What I am able to say to the House is that there has been a serious incident within the estate. It seems that a police officer has been stabbed; that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police.”

At the time of the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May was seen in the voting lobby, according to The Sun. She was rushed from the scene, and officials have confirmed that she is safe and unharmed.

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BBC reporter Callum May tweeted that a “suspect vehicle” was spotted outside Parliament Square:

According to the New York Daily News, a witness tweeted that a car “mowed down” at least five people on the Westminster Bridge that leads to the building. Middle East News tweeted a photo of the “aftermath”:

Bloomberg reported that police are now calling the incident a “terror attack.”

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the events, as noted by the Washington Examiner.

This breaking story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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