Westminster Terror Incident – Final Summary

With most media coverage regarding the incident dying down, and having been reporting on this for the last seven or so hours, this is going to be the last post I make on this incident before I go to bed.

In summary:

  • Five people have been killed and another forty injured in what is being treated by police as a terror incident,
  • Police are satisfied there was only one attacker involved,
  • Two of the people killed include a police officer, who was stabbed by the attacker, and the attacker himself who was shot down following his attack,
  • The police officer has been named as 48-year-old PC Keith Palmer, a father and husband with 15 years of service under his belt,
  • The police have an idea as to the identity of the attacker, but they declined to comment further,
  • They also indicated that the attacker was likely inspired by international Islamist terrorism, but, again, declined to comment further,

  • The attacker carried out the attack by ploughing into pedestrians at Westminster Bridge, crashing his car into the railing at the Palace and stabbing the police officer, before being gunned down,
  • MP and Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood attempted to resuscitate the police officer, but he died of his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,
  • A group of French students and students from the North West of England were among those injured,
  • Five London hospitals have treated those injured, numbering about 40,
  • The Home Secretary, Mayor of London, and the Leader of the Opposition all made statements condemning the attacks and appealing for unity,
  • The Prime Minister also made a statement in which she described the attacks as ‘sick and depraved’.
  • The US President Donald Trump has offered his full support to the UK,
  • Various world leaders have issued their own condemnations of the attacks, which happened to coincide with the one year anniversary of the Brussels bombings,
  • Large areas of central London were cordoned off,
  • Parliamentary proceedings were suspended and the Palace placed under lock-down for several hours, but business shall resume as normal tomorrow.

And that’s that. My first experiment in live reporting. I want to thank the Guardian, CNN, and the BBC for providing reliable sources for my reporting, and those of you who have stuck with me for the seven hours I’ve been reporting on this.

I would also like to add my own thoughts to those affected, and their friends and families, including those of PC Keith Palmer, and I appeal to my fellow British citizens to remain united at this time where there are those who seek to divide. To quote Jo Cox, “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”

Thank you.

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