Four people are dead, including a police officer and an attacker, and 20 others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what officials are investigating as an act of terrorism.
What we know so far:
- The knife-wielding suspect was shot outside the Houses of Parliament after crashing the car into a gate and stabbing a police officer guarding the building. Both the attacker and officer died.
- Some of the wounded are said to have suffered “catastrophic” injuries, the U.K. Press Association reported.
- Parliament was placed on lockdown, according to a parliamentary official.
- British police are treating the incident as terrorism.
- Officials said they believe there was just one attacker but a full counterterrorism investigation is under way.
“President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders. He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”
“WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security stands in solidarity alongside our friends in the United Kingdom in condemning the terrible attack at Parliament today. With our partners in federal law enforcement, we are in close contact with our British counterparts to monitor the tragic events and to support the ongoing investigation. At this time our domestic security posture remains unchanged. However, our frontline officers and agents continue to stay vigilant in safeguarding the American people and our homeland.”