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    Shots have reportedly been fired outside the UK Parliament in London; the building is currently on lockdown. Conflicting reports suggest that one or two people were shot by police outside the UK parliament in London.

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    • 01:39

      Death Toll in Attack Rises to Five

      UK police announced that a fifth person has died as the result of the attack on Westminster in London earlier today, and that 40 people had been injured. Police have also announced that they will not comment on the identity of the attacker, though they believe they know who the man was. 

      Emergency services respond after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain

      Abu Izzadeen Named As Suspect in London Terrorist Attack

      Reports have named Abu Izzadeen, known for his links to terrorism, as the suspect in the terrorist act in London earlier Wednesday.
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    • 00:12

      UK Prime Minister Calls Attack Location 'No Accident'

      Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing street in London, Wednesday March 22, 2017, following a terror attack in the Westminster area of London earlier Wednesday.

      British PM Addresses Nation After Deadly London Terror Attack

      Addressing the people of Britain following the terror attack that left at least five people dead and 40 injured, UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack an attempted assault on Parliament's noble principles, but promised the city and the government would not be cowed by terrorists.
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    • 00:08

      British MP Tobias Ellwood Hailed as a Hero For Trying to Save Police Officer Fatally Wounded in Parliament Attack

      Ellwood, a former army officer, was among several people who rushed to help the fallen officer. He tried to staunch the blood from the man's wounds and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

       

      Ellwood's brother was killed in the 2002 Bali terrorist bombing, the BBC reports. 

       

    • 23:10

      Eiffel Tower to Go Dark to Commemorate London Victims

      Paris city hall has said that the lights of the Eiffel Tower will be switched off at midnight to honor the victims of the terror attack in London today, AFP reports.

    • 21:39

      UK Interior Minister Says Top Priority is 'People's Security'

      The UK Interior Ministry commented on the London attack.

      Amber Rudd said that "The British people will be united in working together to defeat those who would harm our shared values: values of democracy, tolerance and the rule of law," as quoted by Sky News.

    • 21:25

      UK Counter Terror Policing Chief Believes 1 Perpetrator Behind London Terror Attack

      UK National Counter Terrorism Policing (NaCTSO) head Mark Rowley said Wednesday he believed that the attack in London, which claimed lives of at least four people, was carried out by one person.

      Injured people are assisted after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain

      UK Counter Terror Policing Chief Believes 1 Perpetrator Behind London Attack

      UK National Counter Terrorism Policing (NaCTSO) head Mark Rowley said Wednesday he believed that the attack in London, which claimed lives of at least four people, was carried out by one person.
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    • 21:14

      Full Statement of Police

    • 21:04

      At Least Four Dead in Westminster Attack in London, Some 20 Injured

      At least four people are dead as a result of the terrorist attack outside the UK parliament, the head of counterterror policing said.

      Armed police officers guard at a police cordon outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017 during an emergency incident

      At Least Four Dead in Westminster Attack in London, Some 20 Injured

      At least four people are dead as a result of the terrorist attack outside the UK parliament, the head of counterterror policing said.
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    • 20:47

      Trump Spoke to UK PM May After London Attack

      US President Donald Trump spoke to UK Prime Minister Theresa May after the attack, the White House said.

      We obviously condemn today's attack in Westminster, which the United Kingdom treats as an act of terrorism."

      US President Donald Trump escorts British Prime Minister Theresa May after their meeting at the White House in Washington, US, January 27, 2017.

      Trump Speaks to May Following London Attacks - White House

      US President Donald Trump spoke to UK Prime Minister Theresa May over the telephone after attacks took place earlier on Wednesday in London, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a briefing.
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    • 20:42

      Merkel 'Shocked' by London Attack, Expresses Support to UK in Fight Against Terror

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "shocked" by the London attack. She expressed support to Britain in the fight against terrorism.

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel

      Merkel 'Shocked' by London Terrorist Attack News, Expresses Support to UK

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she was shocked by the news of a terrorist attack in London.
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    • 20:35

      One of Killed is a Police Officer - Report

      One of those killed in the Westminster attack is a police officer, media reported.

      Members of the emergency services take an injured person away on a stretcher after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain
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    • 20:30

      Police Still Looking For Suspect in the Attack - Reports

      A UK reporter said that the police are still looking for the suspect in the attack.

    • 20:12

      Woman Pulled Alive From River Thames After London Attack

      A woman was rescued from the River Thames after the London attack, the Port of London Authority (PLA) told Reuters. She is injured.

      Tower Bridge over the river Thames in London. (File)
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    • 20:11

      Three French Schoolchildren Reportedly Injured in Attack

      Members of the emergency services take an injured person away on a stretcher after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain
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    • 20:07

      Three Policeman Injured in Attack - Reports

      Three UK law enforcers were injured in the Westminster attack, local media reported.

    • 20:04

      Jeremy Corbyn Grateful to Police for Ensuring Safety After London Attacks

      UK Labour Party’s head Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday expressed gratitude to police and security staff for ensuring security amid the attacks in London.

      “The police and security staff have taken swift action to ensure the safety of the public, MPs and staff, and we are grateful to them,” Corbyn said in a statement posted on his Twitter page.

      The politician expressed solidarity with the victims of the attack.

    • 20:00

      Moscow Expresses Condolences to Families of Those Killed in London Attack

      "We, of course, express condolences and sympathy to all those affected, the relatives of all those who died in that aggressive attack... Our hearts together with the British, and we share their pain," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

    • 19:58

      London Ambulance Service Treated at Least 10 Victims of Westminster Attack

    • 19:55

      UK PM May Chair Emergency Meeting on Westminster Attack Later

      Theresa May may chair an emergency meeting on the Westminster attack later in the day.

    • 19:53

      Polish Politician Radosław Sikorski Was at the Scene

    • 19:49

      London Met Police Confirm Several Casualties Including Police Officers

      The London Metropolitan Police have confirmed several casualties, inluding law enforcers, in the attack. Events near London's parliament building have been declared a terrorist incident.

      "There are a number of casualties including police officers," Commander BJ Harrington said, as quoted by the police Twitter account, not confirming the exact numbers of casualties.

    • 19:41

      Number of Westminster Attack Victims Rises to 2

      The number of victims of the Westminster attack has risen to 2, the Sky News television channel reported Wednesday citing sources.

    • 19:35

      What is Known So Far

    • 19:32

      No Russians Injured in London Terrorist Attack - Embassy

      No Russians, according to preliminary information, were injured in the terrorist attack near the UK parliament compound, the Russian Embassy in London said Wednesday.

      "According to preliminary information received by the embassy from the London police, there are no Russians among those injured. We remain in touch with the authorities," the statement said.

      The embassy urged Russians in London to abstain from participating in public events.

    • 19:30

      London Mayor Spoke to Police Over Attack

      The London mayor said he spoke to the London Metropolitan police acting commissioner over the attack; an investigation is underway.

      "I have spoken to the Acting Commissioner. The Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with the incident and an urgent investigation is underway," Khan said in a statement.

    • 19:27

      Deminers Arrive at the Scene of Westminster Attack

      A demining squad has arrived at the scene as there may be an explosive device in the car that had rammed into people outside the UK parliament, media reported citing sources.

    • 19:23

      Metropolitan Police Spokesman to Sputnik: 'I'm Unaware of Any Bomb Threat in Westminster'

      "The situation is this - there is always a terror threat level that might change in lieu of events in Westminster today. The Home Office are the ones who will change the terror threat level," Metropolitan Police spokesman told Sputnik.

      "I am unaware of any bomb threat in Westminster," he added.

    • 19:16

      London Police Boost Security Measures

      A woman ducks under a police tape after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London
      © REUTERS / Toby Melville
    • 19:13

      One Woman Dead in London 'Terrorist Incident' - Reports

      One injured woman died as a result of the "terrorist incident," local TV reported citing doctors. Other victims of the attack with "catastrophic injuries."

    • 19:12

      UK PM Returns to Downing Street After 'Terrorist Incident' in London

      British Prime Minister Theresa May returned to 10 Downing Street, "monitoring the situation."

    • 19:10

      Summary: Westminster Attack

    • 19:08

      US Ready to Assist UK Authorities Following London Attack

      "We are closely following the concerning situation outside the UK Parliament," State Department acting spokesperson Mark Toner said. "We stand ready to assist in any way the UK authorities would find helpful."

    • 19:06

      Scottish Parliament Suspends Debates on Independence Referendum Amid London Attack

      The Scottish parliament has suspended debates on the independence referendum amid the London attack.

      "Holyrood suspended out of respect for our sister Parliament and all that's going on in Westminster. Thoughts with all down the road," Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said.

      According to local media, the Scottish parliament has also stepped up its security.

    • 19:04

      WATCH Sputnik's Live Video Footage From the Scene

      Sputnik has launched a live video footage from the scene.

      Armed police respond outside Parliament during an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain
      © REUTERS / Stefan Wermuth
    • 19:00

      Social Media Users Use #PrayForLondon Hashtag to Express Solidarity With UK

    • 18:55

      Residence of UK PM May on Lockdown

      The residence of British Prime Minister Theresa May is on lockdown as well.

    • 18:53

      At Least 10 Mowed Down on Pavement of Westminster Bridge

    • 18:51

      Attack Outside UK Parliament Building Takes Place on Anniversary of Brussels Terror Attacks

      Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the terror attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels that killed 32 people.

      A Belgian flag reading Brussels my beauty, I am Brussels flutters as people gather at the makeshift memorial outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 an area which has become an unofficial shrine to victims of the March 22, terror attacks.

      One Year Anniversary: 2016 Terrorist Attacks in Brussels

      Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the terror attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels that killed 32 people.
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    • 18:48

      Suspicious Vehicle Reported Outside UK Parliament

      According to BBC citing police, a suspicious vehicle is seen outside the parliament building.

    • 18:42

      Russia in Contact With UK Authorities Over Incident Outside UK Parliament

      Russia is in contact with UK authorities over the incident to clarify the situation, the Foreign Ministry said. Moscow believes that the attack was "clearly deliberate."

      Injured people are assisted after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London
      © REUTERS / Toby Melville
      The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square in Moscow

      Russia to Stay in Touch With UK Authorities on Westminster Shooting

      Russia is in constant contact with the UK authorities to clarify the circumstances of the shooting incident near the parliament building in London, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Monday.
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    • 18:40

      Site of Attack Right After the Shooting

    • 18:38

      Sputnik Correspondent Reports From the Site

    • 18:36

      Police Considering Westminster Attack a Terrorist Incident

      London police say they are treating Westminster attack "as terrorist incident until we know otherwise."

      Armed police officers guard at a police cordon outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017 during an emergency incident
      © AFP 2019 / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
      A woman ducks under a police tape after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London

      London Metropolitan Police Treating Westminster Incident as Terrorist Attack

      London Metropolitan police said Wednesday it was presently treating an earlier incident in the borough of Westminster, where a shooting and a reported car attack took place, as a terrorist incident.
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    • 18:31

      Two Suspected Assailants Behind Incident Outside UK Parliament - Reports

      Two suspected assailants are behind the incidenty, UK media reported citing police sources.

    • 18:29

      US Embassy in UK Urges to Avoid London's Westminster Following Shooting Incident

      "We are aware of a reported incident near Westminster in London. Please avoid the area and monitor local news/follow @metpoliceuk for updates," the embassy said in a tweet.

    • 18:25

      UK Prime Minister Theresa May is Safe

      UK Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, Downing Street said.

      Members of Parliament were heading to vote when the incident began shortly before 3 p.m. local time.

    • 18:23

      Police Helicopter Seen Over UK Parliament Building

    • 18:22

      UK Lawmaker Says Police Officer Stabbed, Alleged Assailant Shot

      The leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, said a "police officer has been stabbed" and the "alleged assailant was shot by armed police" following a "serious incident".

      "There has been a serious incident within the estate, it seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity."

    • 18:18

      Video Footage From the Scene

    • 18:17

      Five People Hit by Car on Westminster Bridge

      Five people have reportedly been hit by a car after the shooting near the UK parliament.

    • 18:15

      Underground at Westminster Shut Down

      The Underground station at Westminster has been shut down at police's request.

    • 18:12

      Number of Injured May Be Up to 12 - Reports

      According to media reports, there may be up to 12 injured near the UK parliament building.

    • 18:10

      Scotland Yard Confirms Shooting

      Scotland Yard commented on the reports, confirming that shooting took place near the British parliament.

      London Metropolitan police said they were aware of reports of the incident.

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