BY JESUS NUNEZ
Four people were assaulted with a motor vehicle and a police officer was tragically stabbed in London. The terrorist attack took place outside the House of Parliament but was stopped before entering the building as reported by the Metropolitan Police’s Head of Counter-Terrorism, Mark Rowley and CNN News.
Before the police officer was gravely stabbed, the assailant drove into several civilians on the Westminster Bridge on the way to the House of Parliament. The total injured is reported to be around 20, including three police officers, students and other general people of the public.
The police officer who was fatally attacked was Keith Palmer, a 15-year-veteran to the job. After the attacker crashed his vehicle nearby, he then ran to Palmer and attacked him. Continuing the rampage, the aggressor went on to target a second officer but his failed attempt ended when officers shot him.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, The Guardian reported that despite the rampage that occurs everyone pulled together to help the injured. “the Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood reportedly helped treat the injured officer. The Bournemouth MP, a former soldier, was pictured helping the police officer in Parliament Square.”
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for the attack and the Metropolitan Police are deeming it a terrorist attack as well. This the first terrorist attack to take place in Britain since 2005 when 52 people and four attackers died in the July 7 bomb attacks. In addition, this was also the one-year anniversary of the tragic ISIS bomb attacks in Brussel, France.
“The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech,” Prime Minister Theresa May told the Guardian.
This event is upsetting to everyone including the United States, they all hope these type of events never happen again. Also, the President pledged the full cooperation and support of the U.S. government.