5 facts about the UK terror attack

5 Fast Facts You Need to Know About the UK Attack – AM NEWS
An attacker drove a SUV into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge, killing and wounding several others, crashed into a fence near the UK Parliament and then attacked police officers with a knife before he was shot by police.
At least five people were killed in the attack, including a police officer and the assailant, the London Metropolitan Police said at a press conference. At least 40 others were injured, police said.
The officer that was stabbed to death was identified as Keith Palmer, a 15-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police force. The attacker has not yet been identified and the rest of the victims’ names have also not been released.
Authorities refused to release the name of the suspect March 23, but provided more details about his identity. They referred to him as British born, saying that he had been the subject of previous investigations by the MI5, the LA Times reported.

British Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated that he was known to British intelligence, saying in a speech to members of Parliament on March 23 that the assailant was “once investigated over concerns about violent extremism.”

He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic. He was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent, or of the plot.

A tweet sent out in Arabic on March 23 appeared to confirm that the attacker was a member of the “Islamic State.”
أعماق: منفذ هجوم الأمس أمام البرلمان البريطاني في #لندن هو جندي للدولة الإسلامية ونفذ العملية استجابة لنداءات  استهداف رعايا دول التحالف
— Omar #halab (@omarhalab4) March 23, 2017
Translated into English, the tweet said:
The attack yesterday in front of the British Parliament in #لندن a soldier of the Islamic State and perform the operation in response to calls to target Allied nationals
Some Important facts about the Incident to tack note of:
5 Fast Facts You Need to Know About the UK Attack – AM NEWS
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1. Police Declared the Incident a Terrorist Attack

At a public interview late into the evening, police said that the attack was powered by Islamist-related worldwide terrorism. 

Accordingly of the fear monger attack, authorities have took more safety efforts in and around the Parliament. That included sending furnished cops into the building and researching some other worries in the adjacent territory. Metropolitan Police encouraged those close-by to report anything suspicious to its Anti-Terrorist Hotline.

Full statement from Commander Harrington following the incident in #Westminster #London pic.twitter.com/vMPCXKq2Ft

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

Cmdr Harrington “The events near Parliament Square #Westminster has been declared a terrorist incident”

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

Cmdr Harrington RE #Westminster incident: “Our response will be ongoing for some time as it’s important that we gather all evidence.”

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

Incident in #Westminster: Please report anything suspicious to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 123. In an emergency call 999
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

2. Police Made Several Arrests In an Early-Morning Raid Hours After the Attack

Police Made Several Arrests In an Early-Morning Raid Hours After the Attack
In connection with the terrorist attack, police raided a flat in Birmingham in the early morning of March 23, ITV reported.
The news station reported seeing a large part of roads outside of the flat blocked off by authorities. It’s since been reopened.
According to witness accounts, there were approximately 10 police vehicles at the scene and between 20-30 officers that took part in the raid.
At the end of it, the authorities walked out of the building with at least two people taken away in handcuffs.
Danny Shaw of the BBC spoke with Metropolitan Police after the raid and they said that they are “not prepared to discuss” the early-morning operation.

3. The Parliament Was Shut Down and Prime Minister Theresa May was taken away

Police reacted in extensive numbers to the Parliament. 

Immediately, they set the building and the encompassing territories on lockdown to guarantee security. Furthermore, Prime Minister Theresa May was taken to wellbeing. 

The Palace of Westminster was placed under lockdown after the incident, as well. Police were seen putting on red gun suits preceding further exploring of the region.
Police officers putting on red firearms suits inside the cordon. pic.twitter.com/mgW1iHfAmH

— Peter Saull (@petesaull) March 22, 2017

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4. Witnesses Described a Chaotic Scene at the Westminster Bridge as the SUV Drove Through Pedestrians Toward the Parliament

The moment UK Parliament was suspended as “sounds similar to gunfire” were heard outside⏩pic.twitter.com/h6w3AiuWcw#PMQs #london #britain

— ➊AlexCam ⏩ (@1alexcam) March 22, 2017

Witnesses depicted a disordered scene at the Westminster Bridge and at the UK Parliament building.

Preceding advancing to the building, the speculate apparently cut down gatherings of walkers close Westminster Bridge with his car, and a few witnesses depicted seeing the car collision into a fence.

A report from said that a group of French students were on the bridge at the time of incident and three of them were hit by the suspect’s car.

A group of French students were on Westminster bridge. Their teacher tells me three were hit #Westminster

— Harry Yorke (@HarryYorke1) March 22, 2017

4. President Trump Was Briefed of the Incident

President Trump Was Informed of the Incident (Source: Getty)
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer affirmed on Twitter that U.S. President Donald Trump has been advised on the matter and are keeping tabs for updates on the circumstance. 
Trump tweeted March 22 that he had talked with May and lauded “the effective response of security forces and first responders.” The announcement from the White House included that the U.K. has the “full cooperation and support of the U.S.”
I spoke with PM Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer my condolences on today’s terror attack in London….https://t.co/j1Cr3WMuU7 pic.twitter.com/2Jy51T7Kvi

— President Trump (@POTUS) March 22, 2017

Earlier in the day, Trump was briefed by National Security Adviser HR McMaster and was late to a meeting. He told the press pool at the meeting that he was “just getting an update on London. Some big news having to do with London just happened,” Mirror reported.
The U.S. State Department issued a statement following the incident that said the country stands “ready to assist in any way.”

Because of the incident in London, areas in the U.S. increased security, including in New York City, ABC News reported.


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