LANCASTER, CA – Metropolitan police were called this afternoon when some say they heard an explosive set off and shots were fired outside Parliament.
According to police, a car jumped the curb, struck, and injured pedestrians and three police officers on the Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into a fence around the Houses of Parliament.
Reports show the number of injured people went from 20-40. London ambulance arrived six minutes after they received a call. Then an air ambulance landed in Parliament Square.
Bystanders immediately tweeted what they saw and heard.
BBC reported that there were about three shots fired outside of the Palace of Westminster. Then a man ran through the gates of the parliamentary compound onto the front yard, allegedly waving a knife.
The attacker stabbed and killed an officer who was guarding the parliament. Officers then shot and killed the attacker, and said it’s likely that there was only one attacker. Police declared the attack as a terrorist incident and told CNN they believe the attack is “Islamist-related”.
After the attack the Parliament building was on lockdown, but staff members have now left.
Queen Elizabeth was scheduled to open the new police headquarters at New Scotland Yard on Thursday, but she is now delaying the ceremonial event.
The mayor of Paris said that the Eiffel Tower will go dark to show solidarity to London and honor the victims.
Prime Minister Theresa May, described the terror attack as “sick and depraved”. She also shared her condolences to those affected. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected,” the Prime Minister said. “To the victims themselves, and their family and friends who waved their loved ones off, but will not now be welcoming them home.”
There will be extra police officers on the streets of London for the next few days.
By Lauren Turner Dunn
Contributions from, BBC, CNN
Photos, ABC News, Twitter