This afternoon, Britain’s Parliament was placed on lock down after a man stabbed a police officer and was then shot by other officers.
The Metropolitan Police said it was treating the violence as “a terrorist incident,” as the country’s seat of power was put on high alert.
Witnesses also reported that a motorist on Westminster Bridge, next to Parliament, operating a large vehicle, mowed down at least five people before coming to a halt, but it was not clear if the motorist was also the assailant.
Witnesses said they had heard gunfire near Portcullis House, an office building for lawmakers and members of their staff. The police said officers had been summoned to the bridge around 2:40 p.m. because of reports of “a firearms incident.”