Thursday, March 23, 2017
A Lesson To All Free Countries--Once Someone Comes To Your Attention, Don't Forget Who They Are
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London attack terrorist known to MI5 for violent extremism was killed in Westminster by MP Michael Fallon’s personal security
More armed cops will be rolled out across the UK as a precautionary measure after the attack
Mark Rowley, national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing and Met Acting Deputy Commissioner corrected earlier figures saying three innocent victims – Pc Palmer, a woman in her mid 40s and a man in his mid 50s – were killed along with the attacker who was shot by cops.
Car hire firm Enterprise has confirmed that one of their cars had been rented out and used in the attack, saying in a statement: "We can confirm that the car used in the tragic attack in London yesterday afternoon was one of ours.
"An employee identified the vehicle after seeing the licence plate in an image online. We ran another check to verify, and immediately contacted the authorities.
"We are co-operating fully with the authorities and will provide any assistance that we can to the investigation.
"Our thoughts are very much with the victims of this terrible tragedy."
Those injured in the Westminster Bridge attack
Theresa May has confirmed 29 people were hurt when the speeding car smashed into crowds on Westminster Bridge.
Nine remain in a critical condition.
The nationalities of those injured have been released, including:
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan pays tribute to victims of Westminster terror attack
Last night Theresa May held an emergency COBRA meeting following the attack, which she called "sick and depraved".
In a statement from Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: "Any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.
"Parliament will meet as normal.
"We will come together as normal.
"And Londoners - and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city - will get up and go about their day as normal.
"They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives.
"And we will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart."
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Incoming Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has praised the bravery of officers involved in yesterday's attack.
In a message to staff she said: "One of our officers died protecting the public and Parliament. We will never forget his courage.
"My deepest sympathy is with his family and with the loved ones of everyone who lost their lives.
"My thoughts too are with the members of the public and our officers who were injured as well as those people affected by these appalling events.
"As many Parliamentarians have noted, our officers ran towards danger to do their jobs. We are indebted to their bravery.
"Officers and staff from the Metropolitan Police are working as hard as we can to protect the public and our capital city.
"I am grateful for all their efforts."
TIMELINE OF TERROR
Lone wolf attacker mowed down crowds of pedestrians in 4x4 on Westminster Bridge
He then crashed into gate outside Parliament before stabbing policeman PC Keith Palmer, 48, to death
Armed cops put Westminster on lockdown as attack brought London to a standstill yesterday afternoon
Four people died - including the attacker who was shot by police - and 29 are injured, including seven critical
Eight people arrested today after six raids at addresses in London, Birmingham and elsewhere
Cops believe they know the identity of the suspect who was inspired by Islamic terrorism
The Hyundai used to carry out the attack was hired last Thursday in Birmingham, according to Newsnight
Hero MP Tobias Ellwood attempted to revive PC Palmer but husband and father could not be saved
Theresa May condemned attack as 'sick and depraved' before holding emergency Cobra meeting
MPs were locked in House of Commons for five hours
PC Palmer, a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Squad and former Bombardier in the Royal Artillery Army Reserve between '87-'01 , was killed as he tried to stop the attacker at about 2.30pm on Wednesday, while two members of the public were also fatally injured.
Tears from Tory MP James Cleverly as he pays tribute to friend PC Keith Palmer murdered in Westminster terror attack
The knifeman drove a grey Hyundai i40 across Westminster Bridge before crashing it into railings, then running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster.
His attack left a trail of destruction as paramedics and heroic bystanders tended to victims on the bridge and at the gate.
One woman hit by the attacker's car before he reached Parliament was confirmed dead by a doctor at St Thomas' Hospital.
Others on the bridge suffered "catastrophic injuries".
Another woman who fell into the Thames was rescued and given urgent medical treatment on a nearby pier.
A party of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge, while four students from Edge Hill University in Ormskirk were also hurt - two described as "walking wounded", and others said to have minor injuries.
The attack came on the first anniversary of the Brussels airport bombings.
The Muslim Council of Britain said: "We are shocked and saddened by the incident at Westminster. We condemn this attack and while it is still too early to speculate on the motives, our thoughts and prayers are for the victims and those affected."
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “London is the greatest city in the world and we stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life.
"Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism."
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "I want to thank the emergency services for the quick response and pay tribute to their bravery, courage and professionalism.
"We have the best police, the best security services in the world and we must let them get on with doing their job.
"The British people will be united in working together to defeat those who would harm our shared values. Values of democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.
"Values symbolised by the Houses of Parliament. Values that will never be destroyed."