The latest on the terrorist attack in London

By Petrus Malherbe
23 March 2017

Eight people have been arrested after an attack on the parliament left four people dead on Wednesday.

Officials apparently worked through the night and searched six homes, after which the arrests were made. This is the deadliest terror attack on London in 12 years. Amongst the fatalities is a woman in her forties, a man in his fifties and a police official who was guarding the parliament, Keith Palmer. One of the attackers also died.

29 people are also in hospital after the attacker drove a vehicle along the sidewalk and injured pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London. After this he stabbed a policeman with a knife as he tried to gain entrance into the parliament. He was eventually shot by police. "It is still our belief -- which continues to be borne out by our investigation -- that this attacker acted alone yesterday and was inspired by international terrorism," the police’s Mark Rowley said. The attacker’s name has not yet been made public and seven of the people injured in the attack remain in a critical condition in hospital.

Praise also streamed in for Palmer, the policeman who died in the attack. Palmer had tried to stop the man so that he couldn’t enter parliament, after which the man fatally injured him with a knife.

He “gave his life for the democracy we all cherish" the police added.

Bronne: BBC, CNN, The Guardian.

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