Another attack has occured, this time in London.
Here’s a quick rundown according to the BBC.
- A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London
- At least one woman has died and several others are critically injured after a car hit people on Westminster Bridge
- The alleged assailant was shot by armed police
- Footage on social media shows people lying in the road
- Metropolitan Police say they are treating it as a terrorist incident and buildings are in lockdown
Details about the attack from the BBC:
“As the group arrived at the Carriage Gates, where policemen are posted at the security entrance, a man suddenly ran out of the crowd and into the yard.
“He seemed to be holding up a long kitchen knife.
“I heard what sounded like shots – I think about three of them – and then the next thing I knew there were two people lying on the ground and others running to help them.
“Armed police were quickly on the scene and I heard them shouting to people to get out of the yard.”
Some of the victims. Warning. NSFW.
From what can be surmised at this point, these victims got run down by a car which then crashed into more people near Parliament.
(By the way, you can rate his driving here)
The attacker then ran in and stabbed an officer before getting shot.
The BBC provides an infographic.
Now, it’s too soon to say who did the attack. But one thing we know for sure is that the attackers will probably be described as “asians” by the BBC. Which of course means that they’re middle-eastern and Muslim. But we can’t be sure if its an Arab or a Turk.
Still, President Erdogan’s words seem particularily timely and on cue:
“Europeans across the world will not be able to walk the streets safely if they keep up their current attitude towards Turkey,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned.
Was this a demonstration of power or just another chimpout? Its too soon to say.
But lets take bets on what the official response will be. We already know what Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London will say.
And what will the rest of civilized society do?
There are reports that more than 13 were injured, some with “catastrophic” wounds. Their lives will never be the same.
It has been awhile since the last attack, but even so, its all getting drearily repetitive.