By Patrice L
On March 22, another terrorist attack hit a major city. This time it was in London. Four people were killed and dozens more were wounded in a terror attack Wednesday near the Houses of Parliament in London.
The attack started on the Westminster Bridge near the British House of Parliament. The attacker, in a speeding car, ran down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, where two people were killed and at least 40 people were injured, before crashing into the railings surrounding the Parliament.
The knife-wielding driver then entered the Parliament grounds and fatally stabbed a police officer. The attacker was then shot and killed by police.
“We’ve declared this as a terrorist incident and the counter-terrorism command are carrying out a full-scale investigation into the events today,” Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told reporters of ABC news.
The Parliament was quickly placed on lockdown in accordance with protocol for what authorities call a marauding terrorist attack. Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II were reported safe.
While the lockdown has been lifted, much of the area remains cordoned off as police continue with their investigation.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a statement to ABC news saying his thoughts were with those affected and their families, and thanking the police and emergency services who show “tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances”
According to the British Prime Minister, the attacker was British born and thought to be inspired by Islamist ideology. The attacker was known to police and was previously investigated.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in central London. The terror group called the attacker an ISIS “soldier”. The statement said: “The attacker [Wednesday] in front of the British Parliament in London was a soldier of the Islamic State executing the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations.”
Police confirmed that a full counterterrorism operation is underway and that they are increasing law enforcement presence around the city so Londoners can expect to see heavier police presence, both armed and unarmed, throughout the city for the next few days.
“We are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism.” said the Prime Minister in a statement to Parliament.