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London terror attack: Islamic State group claims responsibility for shooting outside UK Parliament

Islamic State Group On Thursday Claimed Responsibility For The Terror Attack Outside The British Parliament In London Which Killed Five People And Left 40 Others Injured.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 23 Mar 2017, 06:16:12 PM
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New Delhi:

Islamic State group on Thursday claimed responsibility for the terror attack outside the British Parliament in London on Wednesday which killed five people and left 40 others injured, AFP reported. A terrorist suspect mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and stabbed a police officer outside parliament complex before being shot dead by Scotland Yard officers in an incident inspired by “international terrorism”.

This report comes soon after Prime Minister Theresa May said the assailant who had carried out the attacks was born in Britain and had been investigated for violent extremism a couple of years ago. She made the statement in the House of Commons after the London Metropolitan Police arrested seven suspects during raids in connection with the incidents.

Also Read: UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls London terror attack 'sick and depraved'

The knife-man behind the attack in the heart of London was shot dead by armed Scotland Yard officers. The Metropolitan Police named the police officer killed as 48-year-old Keith Palmer and also confirmed that the attacker was “known” to the police.

The incident prompted lockdown within the House of Commons chamber. Prime Minister Theresa May was seen being ushered into a car as what sounded like gunfire rang out at Parliament during the incident, the BBC reported.

Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police”. There are also reports of as many as five people being “mowed down” on nearby Westminster Bridge.

MPs said they had heard three or four gunshots. Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices. 

Transport for London said Westminster underground station has been shut at the police’s request, and buses diverted.

Also Read: UK Parliament shooting: Five people dead including cop, attacker; 40 injured; PM May calls emergency meeting

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First Published : 23 Mar 2017, 06:00:00 PM