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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
TERRORIST Attack On Parliament
Cop stabbed, attacker shot outside London landmark; police currently treating it as a 'terror incident'
DEVELOPING – A police officer was stabbed and an alleged assailant was reportedly shot after gunfire broke out at the UK Parliament in London on Wednesday.
London police said on Twitter they are treating the attack "as terrorist incident until we know otherwise."
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.
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."
Witness Jayne Wilkinson told the Telegraph: "We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long."
Commons speaker John Bercow suspended the session as police responded to an incident.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Twitter that President Trump had been briefed on the ongoing situation.
Trump himself said during a brief appearance Wednesday before reporters at the White House that he was just getting the news. He called it "big news."
Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, a spokesperson told reporters.
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."
The incident Wednesday comes on the one-year anniversary of the terror attacks in Brussels in which 32 people were killed and more than 300 injured. ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated suicide bombings -- two at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. The bombings were the deadliest terror attack in Belgium's history.
ISIS has long promoted the use of vehicles and knives in attacks by so-called "lone wolf" terrorists, particularly in Western countries. The terrorist group has not claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack.