A man with a knife has been seen within the confines of the Palace, eyewitnesses said.Parliament has been placed on lockdown with MPs locked inside and armed police carrying shields protecting the building.Reports suggest that 12 people have been injured.A “police officer has been stabbed” and the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police”, Commons Leader David Lidington has told MPs.Metropolitan police said they were called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge.
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Staff have been ordered not to leave offices in Parliament after blasts were heard and a police officer appeared to be attacked
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Palace of Westminster incident
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What sounds like Gunfire at the front of parliament. No idea what’s going on.
“We were called at approx 2:40 pm to reports of an incident at Westminster Bridge. Being treated as a firearms incident – police on scene,” the cops said on Twitter.Eyewitnesses report hearing a loud bang, then screaming and shooting.A Downing Street source declined to say where Prime Minister Theresa May was during the attack, but said she had not been involved.
Emergency services cordon off the Palace of Westminster
About five minutes we hard a bang, and then screams, from our office in the Palace of Westminster…
Pictures are emerging of multiple injured on Westminster bridge.An air ambulance has arrived at the scene.David Lidington told MPs: “The alleged assailant was shot by armed police, an ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualities.
Aftermath of pedestrians knocked down in Westminster
“There are also reports of further violent incidents in the Palace of Westminster but it would be wrong of me to go into further details before confirmation from the police.”TFL have confirmed that all Tube services have been cancelled for the time being.Photo: Bing