LONDON >> British armed police have carried out a raid on a property within the central metropolis of Birmingham, after an attacker killed 4 individuals earlier than being fatally shot by police inside Parliament’s grounds.
Police refused to say if the raid was linked to the rampage within the coronary heart of Britain’s seat of energy. However British media together with the Press Affiliation on Thursday quoted an unnamed witness saying that the operation was linked to the assault that additionally injured round forty individuals.
The witness stated that police raided an condominium and arrested three males. Police within the West Midlands, the place Birmingham is situated, directed inquiries concerning the operation to London’s Metropolitan Police.
A knife-wielding man drove an SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge earlier than crashing the car into the gates of Parliament on Wednesday. He scaled the fences and later fatally stabbed a policeman earlier than being gunned down by officers. He hasn’t been recognized. Three pedestrians have been among the many lifeless.
Prime Minister Theresa Might condemned as a “sick and wicked terrorist assault.”
Lawmakers, lords, employees and guests have been locked down after the person was shot by police inside the perimeter of Parliament, simply yards from entrances to the constructing itself and within the shadow of the long-lasting Huge Ben clock tower.
A physician who handled the wounded from the bridge stated some had “catastrophic” accidents. Three cops, a number of French youngsters on a faculty journey, two Romanian vacationers and 5 South Korean guests have been among the many injured.
Police stated they have been treating the assault as terrorism. There was no quick declare of duty.
Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley stated police believed there was just one attacker, “however it will be silly to be overconfident early on.” He stated an unarmed policeman, three civilians and the attacker died.
Islamic extremism was suspected within the assault, Rowley stated, including that authorities consider they know the assailant’s id however wouldn’t reveal it whereas the investigation was ongoing.
The menace degree for worldwide terrorism within the U.Okay. was already listed at extreme, which means an assault was “extremely possible.”
Talking outdoors 10 Downing St. after chairing a gathering of presidency’s emergency committee, COBRA, Might stated that degree wouldn’t change. She stated makes an attempt to defeat British values of democracy and freedom by way of terrorism would fail.
Londoners and guests “will all transfer ahead collectively, by no means giving in to terror and by no means permitting the voices of hate and evil to drive us aside,” Might stated.
President Donald Trump was amongst world leaders providing condolences.
London has been a goal for terrorism many occasions over previous many years. Simply this weekend, lots of of armed police took half in an train simulating a “marauding” terrorist assault on the River Thames.