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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At least four people are dead as a result of the terrorist attack outside the UK parliament, the head of counterterror policing said.
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."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "shocked" by the London attack. She expressed support to Britain in the fight against terrorism.
One of those killed in the Westminster attack is a police officer, media reported.
A woman was rescued from the River Thames after the London attack, the Port of London Authority (PLA) told Reuters. She is injured.
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.
My statement on the ongoing incident in Westminster. Our thoughts are with the victims, their friends and families pic.twitter.com/Fo5WNXHWPI— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) 22 марта 2017 г.
"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.
A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people. pic.twitter.com/tdCR9I0NgJ— Radosław Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) 22 марта 2017 г.
I give permission to everyone to use my short video of the Westminster Bridge incident. My prayers are with the victims.— Radosław Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) 22 марта 2017 г.
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.
The number of victims of the Westminster attack has risen to 2, the Sky News television channel reported Wednesday citing sources.
LONDON TERRORIST ATTACK, 2 dead, several serious injuries No ID yet on suspect shot by police, but you know what I'm putting my $$ on.— Malibu John (@malibu_john) 22 марта 2017 г.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
One injured woman died as a result of the "terrorist incident," local TV reported citing doctors. Other victims of the attack with "catastrophic injuries."
BREAKING: One woman dies and 'multiple' people injured on Westminster Bridge and knife-wielding man shot outside Ho… pic.twitter.com/yQWMjh8XsL— Michel Euesden (@MichelEuesden) March 22, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May returned to 10 Downing Street, "monitoring the situation."
"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."
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.
Sputnik has launched a live video footage from the scene.
I'm so sad and disgusted to hear about what just happened in London. Sending my love ❤ #PrayForLondon— Andrea Faustini (@AndreaFaustini1) 22 марта 2017 г.
Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the terror attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels that killed 32 people.
#London— Mike Klengenburg (@petpanther0) 22 марта 2017 г.
Today is the day of the Brussels attack a year ago.
According to BBC citing police, a suspicious vehicle is seen outside the parliament building.
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."
London police say they are treating Westminster attack "as terrorist incident until we know otherwise."
Incident in #Westminster: We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) 22 марта 2017 г.
British police upgrade UK Parliament attack from 'firearms incident' to 'terrorism'. pic.twitter.com/cszkz8tI8d— 🐸Grant J. Kidney🐸 (@GrantJKidney) March 22, 2017
"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.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, Downing Street said.
adndotcom: Developing: Attacker shot, at least a dozen people injured outside UK Parliament … pic.twitter.com/mFV3tTTBLH— Bernard Hickss (@CheesecakeAdm) March 22, 2017
Members of Parliament were heading to vote when the incident began shortly before 3 p.m. local time.
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".
Commons leader David Lidington's statement to the Commons on security incident at Parliament pic.twitter.com/ltSFoFYLEq— BBC Parliament (@BBCParliament) March 22, 2017
"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."
Five people have reportedly been hit by a car after the shooting near the UK parliament.
The Underground station at Westminster has been shut down at police's request.
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.
We were called at approx 2:40pm to reports of an incident at #Westminster Bridge. Being treated as a firearms incident - police on scene— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) 22 марта 2017 г.
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