Terrorist attack. Assailant shot, at least 12 injured at UK parliament

LONDON: A major security alert is under way at the Houses of Parliament after a man was shot by police as he tried to gain entry to the Palace of Westminster, mowing down pedestrians in what police are treating as a terror attack.

Terrorist attack. Assailant shot, at least 12 injured at UK parliament

Witnesses described seeing a car crash into the perimeter fence on Westminster Bridge, hitting pedestrians, before the driver ran towards police officers guarding parliament.

Onlookers said a man armed with a knife had attacked police officers at the gate before being shot. One police officer has been stabbed in the incident at about 2.45pm.

Terrorist attack. Assailant shot, at least 12 injured at UK parliament

Reuters photographer saw at least a dozen injured people on a nearby bridge.

At least three shots were heard and people described seeing two people laid on the ground.

Terrorist attack. Assailant shot, at least 12 injured at UK parliament

There were reports that a car ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge just before the incident leaving up to a dozen injured.

A parliamentary official earlier said two people had been shot outside parliament and the building was in lockdown. The House of Commons session was suspended and members of parliament who were in the chamber were told to remain there.

Terrorist attack. Assailant shot, at least 12 injured at UK parliament

Minutes after the incident an emergency helicopter landed in Parliament Square as sirens were heard ouside. Air ambulance medics ran from the helicopter towards the casualties on the ground.

Police said they had been called to an incident at Westminster Bridge, officers were on the scene and it was being treated as a firearms incident.

A Reuters reporter inside the building said medical staff were treating two people inside the gates of the parliamentary estate.

Nearby Westminster underground train station was closed at the request of police.

Photographs by Reuters staffer Toby Melville showed two people lying on Westminster Bridge, bleeding heavily. – Reuters

Prime Minister Theresa May was seen being ushered into a silver Jaguar car as what sounded like gunfire rang out at Parliament during the incident.

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