ABC in Australia is reporting the London attacker who killed at least 5 and injured 40 today is a suspected Islamist terrorist. Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer would not comment on the identity of the attacker, but said: “police were working on the assumption that the attack was ‘Islamist-related terrorism’.”
The attack was centered at the heart of British democracy. The terror began on the Westminister Bridge very near British Parliament, a busy, heavily traveled area for government personnel and tourists. The attacker sped his car over the bridge careening from side to side and running down people in his path.
The terrorist rammed his vehicle into the railing on the Westminister Bridge and ran from the vehicle toward a gate leading to one of the Parliament entrances. The suspect ran onto the grounds of Parliament where he fatally stabbed a police officer before another officer on the scene shot and killed the suspect.
Aside from the police officer who was stabbed, the other fatalities thus far were members of the public hit by the suspect’s car on the Westminister Bridge.
One woman fell from the Westminister Bridge into the River Thames and was later rescued alive and transported to hospital. It is uncertain whether she jumped to avoid being hit or whether she was hit and fell into the river.
Among those injured on the bridge were 3 French schoolchildren, 3 police officers, 2 Romanian tourists and 5 South Korean visitors.
British Prime Minister Theresa May says the UK threat level has been at “severe” for some time and would remain at that level.
In her comments to a shocked, grieving nation, Prime Minister May said, “The location of this attack was no accident. The values our Parliament represents — democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law — command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere. That is why it is a target for those who reject those values, but let me make it clear … any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure,” according to ABC Australia.
President Trump spoke to Prime Minister May and pledged the full cooperation and support of the US government in responding to this attack.
Spoke to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May today to offer condolences on the terrorist attack in London. She is strong and doing very well.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017