An assailant has been shot by armed police outside the Houses of Parliament in Britain’s capital, London, after he stabbed a police officer and several other people in the vicinity of the parliament building.
British news agency, Press Association, reported citing a junior doctor at a central London hospital that a woman had died as the result of the incident while other people were being treated for “catastrophic” injuries.
According to Reuters, the UK parliament building has been shut down after the attack with dozens of armed police carrying shields entering the building. MPs have been advised to remain inside the building.
David Lidington, the leader of parliament’s lower House of Commons told MPs: “What I am able to say to the house is there has been a serious incident,” AFP reported.
“It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police,” he noted, adding, “There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster.”
According to Lidington, an air ambulance was at the scene to take away casualties.
Following the incident, traffic was halted on the nearby Westminster Bridge with emergency vehicles swarming the area and police completely shutting off the bridge to traffic.
According to AFP, Westminster station on the London Underground train network, which is opposite the Houses of Parliament, was also closed,
At least a dozen people were reportedly injured on a nearby bridge. A Reuters reporter says he has seen at least four people injured outside the parliament, some bleeding heavily and apparently unconscious.