There was a mood of solidarity and stoicism in the city of London last night, as citizens stood together following a terrorist attack in Westminster that claimed four lives and injured 40.
The hashtags #WEARENOTAFRAID and #WESTANDTOGETHER started trending, as Brits were quick to praise the bravery of the emergency services and pay tribute to the victims of the attack.
— Julia Larsen (@jubileejulia) March 22, 2017
There is so much information around at the moment, we thought it would be useful to break it all down to the bare facts. Here’s everything we know so far:
Theresa May revealed this morning to the House of Commons that the suspect was British-born and had been investigated by MI5 for violent extremism. He has been named as Khalid Masood, 52, from Kent. He was shot and killed by armed police officers at the scene in Westminster. Isil has since claimed that the attacker was an “Islamic State soldier”, the Telegraph reports.
There Have Been Eight Arrests
Police have arrested eight people following the attack, which is being investigated as a terror incident. There were unconfirmed reports that the car used to run down pedestrians was hired from an address in Birmingham. A witness told the Press Association that three men were arrested following an armed raid in Birmingham yesterday. The BBC are linking the raid in Birmingham to the attack in London.
— Nerea (@Fangiirl_22) March 22, 2017
The unnamed attacker drove a Hyundai 4X4 into pedestrians crossing Westminster Bridge at 2.40pm on Wednesday afternoon. He left the vehicle and proceeded to stab a police officer who was guarding Westminster Palace. The attacker was shot dead by police.
Three people died in the attack, along with the attacker and one police officer. Three people died on Westminster Bridge after being hit by the car. Forty people are currently receiving medical treatment, according to the BBC. Seven of those are in a critical condition, including the woman who was found in the river Thames after being hit over the side of the bridge by the car.
One The Victims Named Was Picking Her Children Up From School
Aysha Frade, 43, a Spanish teacher, was on the way to pick her two children, aged 11 and eight, up from school when she was killed in the attack. She worked at the DLD College London, which is near to Westminster, the Telegraph reports.
A second victim has since been named as Kurt Cochran, a US tourist celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife in London. She is still in hospital in a critical condition.
An MP Was Hailed As A Hero As He Battled To Save Officer’s Life
Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood was praised after he stopped and battled to save the life of PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed as he guarded the Palace of Westminster. He later died of his injuries, despite Ellwood’s attempts to resuscitate him. “I tried to stem the flow of blood and give mouth to mouth while waiting for the medics to arrive but I think he had lost too much blood,” he told The Sun. He had multiple wounds, under the arm and in the back. As I understand it the attacker has also died. I’m not allowed to say anything, I’ll get into trouble. It’s very sad.”
— Hilly (@HillyFoz) March 22, 2017
Theresa May Called The Attacks ‘Sick And Depraved’
In a statement made last night at Downing Street, the Prime Minister praised the “exceptional bravery” of the police and emergency services. She condemned the attack as “sick and depraved” and said that she would never allow “the voices of hate and evil” to “drive us apart”.
Donald Trump Jr. Labelled A ‘Disgrace’ For Jibe Against Sadiq Khan
Not the elder this time, but Londoners leapt to the defence of their mayor Sadiq Khan after Trump Jr posted this insensitive message:
You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan https://t.co/uSm2pwRTjO
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 22, 2017
The interview with the Independent was actually conducted in September 2016, and was not part of the major’s statement following the attack. The sentiment had been taken out of context.
The Met Police urges anyone worried about friends and family to call its casualty bureau on 0800 056 0944 or 020 7158 0010.
This post was last updated at 16.00 on 23 March 2017