A lone individual suspected of having ties to terrorism killed four and injured forty in a brazen attack in London on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017.
The suspected terrorist – unnamed as of now – sped over the Westminster Bridge in a Hyundai, subsequently jumped the pavement and mowed down pedestrians. Then the vehicle veered and hit the British Parliament’s perimeter wall. The driver rushed out of the car and run into the New Palace Yard where he brutally stabbed to death British parliamentary and diplomatic protection command officer, Keith Palmer. Eventually the attacker was shot and killed by other armed officers. Many of the injured are in serious condition.
In a statement, U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May said:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected – to the victims themselves, and their family and friends who waved their loved ones off, but will not now be welcoming them home.
For those of us who were in Parliament at the time of this attack, these events provide a particular reminder of the exceptional bravery of our police and security services who risk their lives to keep us safe.
Once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way.
On behalf of the whole country, I want to pay tribute to them – and to all our emergency services – for the work they have been doing to reassure the public and bring security back to the streets of our Capital City.
That they have lost one of their own in today’s attack only makes their calmness and professionalism under pressure all the more remarkable.
The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists 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.
These streets of Westminster – home to the world’s oldest Parliament – are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.”
“Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal.”
“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.”
Identities of the three civilian victims have not been made public, yet. The slain officer, Keith Palmer, 48, was a husband and father with 15 years of service on the force.
Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: “RIP PC Keith Palmer, brutally murdered today carrying out his duty helping to protect parliament and the freedom of our country.”
A violent attack on innocent people and a historic institution (the British Parliament which represents the best of our civilization) by a barbarian – whether inspired by terrorism or not – is an attack on us all. We stand in solidarity with United Kingdom’s citizens in their grief and outrage.
UPDATE: British police named 52-year-old – born in Kent – Khalid Masoodas as the perpetrator of the attack. (Masoodas had a criminal record and several convictions for prior violent crimes. The full extent of his involvement with organized terrorism is being investigated.) Authorities have arrested eight others in connection with the mayhem.
As we now know among the killed were one American (a husband on a 25th wedding anniversary trip to England with his wife) and a teacher from Spain who was a wife and a mother.
It is heart-breaking that private individuals (four!) without any political agenda have been killed (and forty seriously injured!) by an English-born, known criminal who may have been “inspired” by terrorism…. He didn’t advance any “cause”. He devastated families.
WE CONDEMN ALL HATE CRIMES!
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich