Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Attack "Terrorist" In London: At Least Three Dead

A day to the day after the attacks in Brussels, London was targeted Wednesday by a "terrorist" act, which caused at least three deaths in front of the Parliament of Westminster, symbol of the British democracy.

More than 20 people were also injured when a man, dressed in black and wearing a beard, threw his car in front of the crowd on the Westminster bridge in front of Big Ben in the early afternoon before stabbing Died a policeman trying to penetrate Parliament.

The assailant, who allegedly acted alone on the first elements of the investigation, and whose act was not claimed at 2130 GMT, was later "shot down by another police officer," confirmed Commander Mark Rowley Of the anti-terrorism unit in a statement to Scotland Yard.
Passers-by, some rush to the nearest metro, the police deploys en masse, Parliament barricades itself, Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Parliament at high speed ...: panic seizes the center from London.

Among the wounded are three French pupils from a high school in Brittany (western France), on a school trip. Two are in serious condition but their vital prognosis is not engaged, said a regional official to AFP.

Two Romanian nationals were also injured, said Bucharest, as well as five South Korean tourists, according to Yonhap news agency.
All in black, Theresa May denounced in the evening a "perverted" attack in a solemn speech in front of her residence on 10, Downing Street.

"The terrorist has chosen to strike at the heart of our capital where people of all nationalities, religions, and cultures converge to celebrate the values ​of freedom, democracy, and freedom of speech ... the forces of evil will not divide us Not, "she said at the end of an interministerial crisis meeting.

It is the deadliest attack in the United Kingdom since the suicide attacks claimed by al-Qaeda supporters, which left 56 people dead on 7 July 2005 on public transport in London.

- "Bleeding" -
Mrs. May, however, said that the level of terrorist alert remained fixed "serious", the fourth on a scale of 5, as from August 2014.

The French presidents Fran├žois Hollande and American Donald Trump called Mrs. May, and the Eiffel Tower was to be extinct at midnight in tribute. German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her support for her "British friends".

The attack, which Scotland Yard described as "terrorist", occurred on the same day that Belgium was commemorating the attacks that killed 32 people in Brussels a year ago.

It recalls the attacks in Nice (84 deaths) and Berlin (12 deaths), also in 2016, committed by launching a vehicle into the crowd. It is part of a terrorist threat in Europe, in particular, the jihadists of the Islamic State (EI).
According to Commander Mark Rowley, the assailant initially overturned several pedestrians, including three policemen, on deck.

At least two people died and more than ten were treated on the spot, according to ambulance services. A woman, who jumped into the Thames to escape the vehicle, was drafted seriously injured.

After grabbing his gray SUV on grids shortly after leaving the bridge, the assailant ran to a nearby Parliament entrance before stabbing a policeman, Rowley said.

Police fired at him as he tried to attack a second officer.
Images show Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, who lost his brother in an attack in Bali in 2002, practicing in vain a heart massage on the fatally wounded policeman.

"We were taking pictures of Big Ben when everybody started running, we saw a man in his forties wearing a knife about twenty centimeters, and then we heard three shots "We crossed the street and saw the man in blood on the floor," Jayne Wilkinson told the British Press Association.

- Deputies evacuated -

"I saw three bodies lying on the ground and a lot of policemen. It was terrifying," Jack Hutchinson, 16, an American tourist who came with his parents told AFP. He was trapped for three hours on the London Eye Ferris wheel at the other end of the bridge before being evacuated. The tourist attraction was closed for the rest of the day.
The investigation was entrusted to the anti-terrorist command and additional police officers were deployed on the streets of London.

Members of Parliament were confined within Parliament and in nearby Westminster Abbey before they could go out in the evening. "It was panic," the British Labor MP Mary Creagh told AFP.

Theresa May left the Parliament at high speed, where she spoke to members of Parliament, in her official car.

At the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, debates on a referendum of independence were suspended sine die.

London had been spared in recent years by large-scale attacks. Scotland Yard, however, announced in early March that the British security services had foiled thirteen attempted attacks since June 2013.

On Wednesday night, as the country cried out its dead, the message "we are not afraid" has been relayed to thousands of times on social networks.

"Londoners will not be intimidated by terrorism," said London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

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