"Asian" (UK Term For Middle Eastern) Man Rams Truck Into Crowd And Stabs Police Outside British Parliament
A woman has died and a number of others have been hurt, including some with"catastrophic" injuries in the incident on Westminster Bridge, the Press Association reports a junior doctor as saying.
"I came out of Westminster tube station which was being locked down behind me [by police]. I was ushered onto Westminster Bridge and looked onto the west pavement of the bridge and literally north to south," Richard Tyse, a witness, told Sky News.
"I must have counted 8-10 prostrate figures on the ground. I understand a car had driven along the pavement knocking people over and that's why many people were lying on the ground."
He added: "The whole length of the bridge there were people on the ground."
Incident in #Westminster: We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017
Witnesses have described seeing a middle-aged man carrying a knife running towards the Palace of Westminster.
Jayne Wilkinson told Sky News: "We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.
"And then there were three shots fired, and then we crossed the road and looked over. The man was on the floor with blood.
"He had a lightweight jacket on, dark trousers and a shirt.
"He was running through those gates, towards parliament, and the police were chasing him."
Impossible to be sure from here, but judging by the lack of resuscitation efforts it doesn't look good for either police officer or attacker— Jason Groves (@JasonGroves1) March 22, 2017
Reuters photographs show people lying on Westminster Bridge, bleeding heavily.
Number 10 says prime minister Theresa May is safe. The spokesman declined to say where May was when the attack took place.
It is understood, however, she was rushed to a car 40 yards from the gates outside parliament where the shots were fired minutes after the attack, the Guardian reports.
The newspaper says she was ushered by at least eight armed undercover police, some with their firearms drawn.