Alleged assailant shot by police as several injured in related occurrence on Westminster Bridge

Five people have died, including a police officer, and at least 20 beings have been injured in a major terrorist attack outside the Houses of Parliament, the Metropolitan police have confirmed.

Mark Rowley, the head of counter-terrorism at the Met, did a police officer had died after being stabbed by a lone intruder attempting to enter the House of Commons. The doubt was shooting and killed.

Moments earlier, at about 2.40 pm, the attacker drove a vehicle at quicken into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, near assembly, killing two people.

Rowley enunciated at the least 20 people, including three officers, were hurt in the attack on the bridge. A diplomatic informant told Reuters three French students were among the injured.

This is a day weve planned for but hoped would never happen. Sadly its now a reality, Rowley responded. The attack began when a car was driven over Westminster Bridge hitting and disabling a number of members of the public, also including three police officers on their method back from a kudo ceremony.

The car then crashed near to members of parliament and at the least one gentleman forearmed with a spear continued the attack and tried to enter assembly.

Sadly, I can confirm that four people have died. That includes the police officer shielding parliament and one husband we believe to be the attacker, who was shot by a police firearms officer. The men house have been made aware. At least 20 people have been injured. A fifth person was eventually enunciated dead from their injuries.

One woman is believed to have been thrown over the bridge into the river Thames and later plucked alive from the water while another fell on to a hard face below the connection.

The suspected attacker participating in emergency services at the panorama outside the Palace of Westminster. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/ PA

The vehicle came to a stall on the pavement, up against fences to the north of New Palace Yard, the light-green room contiguou to Big Ben, opposite an entrance to Westminster tube station.

A man with a bayonet was then visualized running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster, across New Palace Yard and jabbing a police officer. The attack resumed his rampage, targeting two seconds polouse, according to witnesses, but was shot by police as he approached the second largest officer clutching his knife.

In the aftermath of the attack, the Foreign Officer minister Tobias Ellwood apparently helped consider the injured officer. The Bournemouth MP, a former soldier, was depicted helping the police officer in Parliament Square. His brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali terror attack.

Colleen Anderson, a junior doctor, supposed a female pedestrian had died. She also said she plowed a police officer in his 30 s with a head hurt who had been taken to Kings College hospital. I strengthened one fatality. A girl. She was under the wheel of a bus. She died, proved her fatality at the scene, she said.

Attack on assembly delineate

The prime minister was expected to chair a fulfill of the governments emergency Cobra committee on Wednesday evening. A Downing Street spokesman articulated: The thinks of the PM and the government are with those killed and injured in this appalling occurrence, and with their families. The PM is being kept updated and will shortly chair COBR.

Theresa May was in the Commons hallway when the accident existed, according to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt. He was with other rectors in a cabinet sub-committee when they were told of the incident.

Commander BJ Harrington, head of the Mets public prescribe dominate, articulated a full counter-terrorism investigation was under way. Harrington said the Met received a number of different reports, which included each of these reports of a person in the river, a automobile in conflict with pedestrians and a being armed with a knife.

The playing Met commissioner, Craig Mackey, was driving by assembly on his room to a meet when the attack has just taken place, Harrington told. He left his vehicle to help officers deal with the incident and was being treated as a witness.

Police questioned people to avoid the following areas: Parliament Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Victoria Street up to the interchange with Broadway, and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.

The Commons leader, David Lidington, told MPs in the moments after the two attacks that a police officer had been jabbed and the alleged assailant was shot by armed police following a serious incident within the parliamentary manor.

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Pictures emerged following the incident evidencing parties lying disabled on Westminster Bridge, some of them hemorrhaging.

Two people could be seen lying within New Palace Yard, instantly outside Westminster Hall. The sitting outside the House of Commons was expelled while police officer sealed off the orbit. Staff inside parliament were told to stay inside their offices.

Minutes after the incident, an emergency services helicopter territory in Parliament Square, as alarms were sounded outside. Air ambulance medics came from the helicopter to assist the casualties.

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Immediately before the incident, at about 2.45 pm, beings were seen guiding from the direction of Westminster Bridge and around the corner into Parliament Square.

Rob Lyon, 34, from Rugby, was marching along Westminster Bridge with a colleague when he saw a 4×4 vehicle walking at high-speed, hitting pedestrians. He supposed: I discovered a rotation surely thumped a kerb, quite a raucous crunch interference. I gazed up and realise a gondola clearly making parties as it came towards me.

A colleague I was with, James, I heard him sort of shout. I instinctively jump-start off the pavement. I could see parties being hit. And then the car simply carried on up the bridge and I precisely seemed around and was genuinely in shock.

Radoslaw Sikorski captured the aftermath of the attack on Westminster Bridge on video. Sikorski, a senior friend at the Harvard Centre for European Studies, pronounced: I heard what I thought was just a crash and then I seemed through the window of the taxi and[ witnessed] person down, undoubtedly in great distress.

Rick Longley said he saw the car disintegrate into the railings and a mortal leap out. We were just treading up to the terminal and there was a thunderous slam and a guy, someone, crashed a auto and took some pedestrians out, he suggested. They were just laying there and then the whole bunch simply surged around the corner by the gates precisely opposite Big Ben.

A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started jumping it into the policeman.

Pat McCormack, 21, from Washington in Tyne and Wear learnt an attacker stabbing the police officer. I watched him jabbing the patrolman in the back of the foreman and the back of the neck. He was running away but then he collapsed.

A member of the public is treated by emergency services. Photograph: Carl Court/ Getty Images

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, did: Theres been an extremely serious happen in parliament today. Lives have been lost and people have been seriously injured. I want to thank the police and all the security services who did so much to keep the public, those who work in parliament and MPs safe. Our supposes are with those who have suffered loss and those who have experienced ghastly injuries this afternoon.

Steve White, the chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents tens of thousands of rank-and-file officers, articulated: No words can capture how members of the policing clas will experience after todays horrible phenomena. We have lived in the knowledge that an attack on UK soil has been highly likely for nearly three years. Everyone is firmly well informed this information, but it induces it no less offending when it becomes a reality.

This incident highlightings the very real risks that police face each and every day. Detectives will tonight take the opportunity to hug loved ones and seek convenience in the company of friends and family. But one will not. The sting of that police kinfolk, acquaintances and colleagues will be shared by us all.

Our centres go out to their family and our thoughts are with them and their colleagues at this horrible meter along with others who have been injured today.

The incident took place a year to the day after the terror attack on Brussels, which killed 32 people and left 320 injured.