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A police officer is believed to have died after an assailant launched a car and knife attack on Westminster in central London, ramming into members of the public on Westminster Bridge before entering Parliament grounds, where he was shot by officers.
One woman died on Westminster Bridge and the attack is being described by police as a “terrorist incident”. At least 10 others have been hurt in total, according to authorities, some with “catastrophic” injuries.
At least three gun shots were heard by those inside Westminster, and proceedings in the House of Commons were immediately suspended. Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee later today, a Downing Street spokesman said.
The deputy speaker of the Commons, David Lidington, announced the suspension in the House, saying a police officer had been stabbed and the “alleged assailant shot by armed police”.
Early reports indicate the car, which mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge and mowed into around a dozen people, was the same vehicle which then rammed into the railings of the Palace of Westminster, just around the corner.