London: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has described the major terror attack on the Parliament, which shook the nation on Wednesday, as “sick and depraved.”
“I have just chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee, COBRA, following the sick and depraved terrorist attack on the streets of our Capital this afternoon,” she said.
May praised the “exceptional bravery of the police and the security services, who ran towards the danger as they encouraged others to move away.” She also paid tribute to the officer who was killed by the attacker.
May said it was “no accident that the attacker chose the Parliament which stands for democracy, freedom and rule of law,” and added that was why it was a “target for those who rejected those values.”
“But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure,” she said.
May also said that the Parliament would be open as normal on Thursday.
“Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal.And Londoners – and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great City – will get up and go about their day as normal.They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives.And we will all move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart,” she said.
Earlier, the lockdown of Westminster following the attack came to an end, after several hours.
Around 1000 people, including Parliament workers as well as MPs, were locked down in Westminster Abbey. They were interviewed by the police to see if they had any information that could help the inquiry.
Four people died, including a police officer, and at least 20 people were injured in the attack outside the Houses of Parliament here.
Mark Rowley, the head of counter-terrorism at the Met, said the police officer, who was stabbed by a lone attacker attempting to enter the House of Commons, had succumbed to his injury. The suspect was also shot and killed as reported by The Guardian.
Prior to this, at least 20 people, including three officers, were reported hurt when an attacker drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, near the Parliament.
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One woman was believed to have been thrown over the bridge into the river Thames – and later pulled alive from the water – while another fell on to a hard surface below the bridge.
Speaking to reporters outside the central London hospital, junior doctor Colleen Anderson from St Thomas’ hospital said a female pedestrian had also died.