Earlier today, a lone person drove an automobile into a crowd of people on the Westminster Bridge in London. 4 people died as a result of the first major terrorist attack on European soil in 2017, with a responding police officer being killed as well. Keith Palmer, who had served for the UK police for 15 years, was responding to the attack when he was stabbed and killed by the lone assailant. Another 40 people were injured. All of this occurred shortly after 2:30 PM local time.
Eventually, the attacker was killed by an array of police gunshots right outside of Parliament’s gates. No terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but ISIS has used these techniques in the past.
Furthermore, Rukmini Callimachi, a New York Times terrorism reporter, said: “Numerous ISIS-linked channels are sharing blow-by-blow updates on events in London,” while also adding, “We saw this post-Paris, post-Nice, post-Orlando etc.”
Despite this, it is important to not make any assumptions until an investigation is performed or a group claims responsibility.
Also, is it worth noting that today is the 1st anniversary of the ISIS-directed terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium. The attack left 32 people dead and hundreds more wounded.
Donald Trump called Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, and expressed his condolences for the attack.
In a statement, the White House said, “He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”
The whole city of London has been put on lockdown, which is common when attacks like this occur.
Although it is suspected that there was only one attacker, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, Mark Rowley, stated it would be “foolish” to rule out the possibility of more complicit attackers.
We will update this story as it progresses.
–Contributed by: Bobby Amendola