The lifeless, in what police referred to as a "marauding terrorist assault," included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. The opposite three victims have been amongst these hit by the automotive because it sped throughout Westminster Bridge earlier than crashing into railings simply outdoors parliament.
Prime Minister Theresa Might condemned the assault as "sick and wicked."
"The situation of this assault was no accident," she stated in a press release outdoors her 10 Downing Road workplace late within the night.
"The terrorist selected to strike on the coronary heart of our capital metropolis, the place individuals of all nationalities, religions and cultures come collectively to have fun the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech."
Any try and defeat these values by means of violence was "doomed to failure," Might stated.
Mark Rowley, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, informed reporters the assault began when a automotive was pushed over Westminster Bridge, hitting and injuring members of the general public and three cops.
"A automotive then crashed close to to parliament and at the very least one man, armed with a knife, continued the assault and tried to enter parliament," Rowley stated.
He stated the police's "fast-paced investigation" was engaged on the idea that the assault was "Islamist-related terrorism." Police believed they knew the id of the attacker however wouldn't present particulars at this stage, he stated.It was the deadliest assault in London since 4 British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the town's transport system in July 2005, in London's worst peacetime assault.
It occurred on the primary anniversary of assaults by Islamist militants that killed 32 individuals in Brussels.
Reuters reporters inside parliament throughout Wednesday's assault heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards noticed the knifeman and the stabbed policeman mendacity on the bottom in a courtyard inside the gates of parliament.
The lifeless police officer was recognized as Keith Palmer, 48, with 15 years of service.
LAWMAKERS CAUGHT UP IN CHAOS
A Reuters photographer noticed at the very least a dozen individuals injured on the bridge. His pictures confirmed individuals mendacity on the bottom, a few of them bleeding closely and one underneath a bus.
A lady was pulled alive, however with critical accidents, from the Thames, the Port of London Authority stated. The circumstances of her fall into the river have been unknown.
Three French schoolchildren aged 15 or 16 have been amongst these injured within the assault, French officers stated.
A number of members of parliament (MPs) and senior officers have been caught up within the chaos. Tobias Ellwood, a junior Overseas Workplace minister, was pictured trying to resuscitate a person mendacity unconscious, reported to be the stabbed policeman.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated there can be further cops on the town streets to maintain Londoners and guests protected.
"We stand collectively within the face of those that search to hurt us and destroy our lifestyle. We all the time have, and we all the time will. Londoners won't ever be cowed by terrorism," he stated.
Parliament's decrease Home of Commons, which was in session on the time, was suspended and lawmakers have been requested to remain contained in the constructing for a number of hours.
Might stated parliament would convene as regular on Thursday in an indication that the assault wouldn't disrupt life within the capital.
Nevertheless, a go to by Queen Elizabeth to formally open the brand new headquarters of London's police drive, which had been deliberate for Thursday, was postponed "in mild of at the moment's occasions," Buckingham Palace stated.
In a phone name with Might, President Donald Trump provided Britain the complete cooperation and help of america, the White Home stated. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned the assault as "horrific acts of violence."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO Secretary Common Jens Stoltenberg have been amongst overseas leaders who expressed shock and solidarity.
"NO SIGNS OF LIFE"
Eyewitnesses described scenes of panic in the course of the assault.
"I simply noticed a automotive go uncontrolled and simply go into pedestrians on the bridge," stated Bernadette Kerrigan, who had been on a tour bus on the bridge, in an interview with Sky Information.
"As we have been going throughout the bridge, we noticed individuals mendacity on the ground, they have been clearly injured. I noticed about 10 individuals perhaps. After which the emergency providers began to reach. Everybody was simply operating all over the place."
Former Polish Overseas Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who witnessed the assault from a taxi as he crossed the bridge, stated he noticed 5 victims and made a video of the scene.
"I heard one thing that seemed like a small automotive crash. Then I appeared out of the window and noticed that there was one individual mendacity on the asphalt," he informed Reuters.
"I didn't see the face of the individual mendacity on the asphalt, however the individual was not shifting, it was not displaying any indicators of life. One of many males I noticed, his head was bleeding very badly. However the individual I filmed -- no, that individual was not displaying any indicators of life."
Journalist Quentin Letts of the Every day Mail newspaper informed LBC radio that he had witnessed the stabbing of the policeman and the capturing of the assailant from his workplace within the parliament constructing.
"He (the assailant) ran in by means of the open gates ... He set about one of many policemen with what appeared like a stick," Letts stated.
"The policeman fell over on the bottom and it was fairly horrible to observe after which having achieved that, he disengaged and ran in the direction of the Home of Commons entrance utilized by MPs and obtained about 20 yards or so when two plain-clothed guys with weapons shot him."
In Edinburgh, the Scottish parliament suspended a deliberate debate and vote on independence because the information from London got here in.
Britain is on its second-highest alert degree of "extreme" which means an assault by militants is taken into account extremely doubtless.
The newest lethal assault in London to be handled as a terrorist incident was in Might 2013, when two British Islamists stabbed to dying soldier Lee Rigby on a road.