An unnamed terror attacker driving a Ford Fiesta plowed down 15 cyclists and pedestrians in Westminster near the Houses of Parliament this morning at 7:37am. The incident happened very early in the morning and the driver was apprehended outside St. Stephen’s entrance when his car smashed into barriers, enabling police to swoop in and arrest the man.
This terror attack comes 17 months after Khali Masood killed five people on Westminster Bridge, before murdering a police officer with a knife.
Pedestrians and cyclists described a car driving on the wrong side of the road then swerving into the cyclists deliberately at 50 mph, using the vehicle as a weapon. The terrorist narrowly missed two police officers as he smashed into the security barriers at Parliament.
The terror suspect is a black man from the Midlands, and he was not known to MI5 or the police, and is refusing to cooperate with authorities. As he was dragged from the car, he looked in a daze, as a dozen officers held rifles up and aimed it at him.
Three cyclists are said to be injured, whilst it remains unclear as to the condition of the others, a female cyclist is being treated for a serious but not life threatening injury.
Witness Geoffrey Woodman, 27 from Battersea told Mail Online: “It [the Ford Fiesta] cut out in front of us through the red light on the wrong side of the road. It swerved left and hit the lady two bikes to my left. Its windscreen hit her quite hard. One slight turn of the wheel and it would have taken me out. It was chaos”.
Scotland Yard declared the incident as a terror attack, and counter-terror chief Neil Basu said the attacker was not known by the authorities. Mr Basu said the man appeared to be working alone, and said there is no intelligence of any further danger at this time, following the attack.
Mr Basu said, “It appears to be a deliberate act. We are treating it as a terrorist incident. The man is in his late 20’s and he’s been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences and has been taken to a South London police station where he remains in custody.
“Our priority now is to formally establish the identity of the suspect and establish his motivation if we can. He is not currently co-operating”.
Parliament has been closed and cordoned off, and Ewalina Ochab who saw the incident, said, “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers’, while Jason Williams said: ‘I saw at least 10 people lying down. I had to run for my life.”
Another witness, Jason Williams, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the incident was “very, very scary”
He stated, “Basically I’ve seen a man driving a vehicle, and he’s gone into one of the bollards. There was a loud bang. Straight away I thought ‘Oh no, this is another terrorist attack’. So I’ve just started to run and the police were saying ‘get out, get out of the area’. It looked deliberate. It didn’t look like an accident. How do you do that by accident? It was a loud bang.”
“I was very surprised (the police didn’t go in straight away). They seemed to be standing back. They were obviously a bit wary, like what’s going to happen next?
“I don’t know if it was a tip-off, a warning, that this was a bomb. There seems to be maybe about 200 police here now, and it’s all happened very quickly in the space of half an hour.”
“I have seen people on the ground, lying on the road. I don’t know if they have actually been hit by the vehicle or not. I saw at least 10 people lying down. I had to run for my life.”
Two people are being treated at St. Thomas Hospital for serious injuries, and more people had been treated at the scene of the attack, with more expected to arrive in hospital.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the Westminster terror attack, “These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!”
A government emergency cobra committee met at 2pm today, whilst Theresa May is away on her second leg of her summer holiday, and thanked the emergency services for their “‘immediate and courageous” response.
Sadiq Khan has promised an increased police presence in London over the coming days. The summer in London had been terror attack free, until today, which was handled well, but luckily it wasn’t much worse.
Story by The Narrator
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