Isis claims responsibility for London terror attack that killed at least three victims
4 people killed. 40 injured 12 Britons in hospital 3 French children injured 9 other nationalities affected 8 arrests made Source: Met Police, UK Prime Minister
Isis has claimed responsibility for the Westminster attack that left three victims dead in the heart of London.
A statement published by the group’s Amaq propaganda agency said a “soldier of the Islamic State” had carried out the atrocity by the Houses of Parliament.
It said the man was following a call made by the group to launch attacks on civilians and security forces in countries allied to the US-led coalition bombing its territories in Syria and Iraq.
The wording of the statement mentioned no direct involvement in the attack, which investigators have said was inspired by Islamist terrorism.
It was initially thought that three members of the public had been killed on Westminster Bridge, but Mr Rowley referred to just two in his statement.
Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker condemned the attack as “appalling and disgusting”.
The agency’s operational response was “fully mobilised in support of the police”, he said.
The Westminster attacker was British-born and known to the police and intelligence services, the prime minister has revealed.
Theresa May said the attacker, who has not been officially named, was British-born and had been the subject of a historical investigation over violent extremism by MI5.(who did nothing to stop him)
In a statement to the Commons, Theresa May said he had been investigated some years ago over violent extremism but had been a “peripheral figure”.
“He was not part of the current intelligence picture,” she said.
Eight arrests in London and Birmingham followed Wednesday’s attack that left four dead – including the attacker.
Those killed by the attacker were PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, who worked at a London college, and a man in his 50s.
Seven of the injured are still in hospital in a critical condition.
A further 29 had been treated in hospital, Mr Rowley added.
In the attack on Wednesday afternoon, a man drove a car along a pavement on Westminster Bridge, knocking down pedestrians, creating panic and leaving dozens injured.
He then ran towards Parliament where he stabbed PC Palmer who was unarmed. Armed police then shot dead the attacker in the grounds.
Mrs May paid tribute to PC Palmer saying: “He was every inch a hero and his actions will never be forgotten.”
She also said one of three police officers injured as they returned from an event to recognise their bravery was in a stable condition.
She told MPs, many of whom had been caught up in the commotion: “We will never waver in the face of terrorism.”
Caolan Robertson of TheRebel.media reports on the scene of the terror attack near Parliament in London, UK.
PC Keith Palmer stopped the attacker in his tracks. Aysha Frade would be deeply missed by all, the principal at the college said
Mrs Frade worked at a London sixth form college just a few hundred metres from Westminster Bridge.
Principal at DLD College, Rachel Borland, said she was “highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues”.
Mrs May said 12 Britons were admitted to hospital and other victims included three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks.
Thierry Terret, who is in charge of schools in Brittany, said the three injured students were not in a life threatening condition and were expected to be back home by Friday.
An emotional James Cleverly MP asked Mrs May to consider recognising posthumously the “gallantry and sacrifice” made by PC Palmer, who he knew from his time in the Army. bbc