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Terrorist Attack At The British Parliament In London's Palace Of Westminster Leaves 5 Dead And 40 Injured (Videos)
March 23. 2017
A terrorist attack occurred on March 22, 2017 at approximately 2:30PM GMT in London, England at the Palace of Westminster (the location of landmark Big Ben), where the British Parliament meets, serving as the nation's legislature. An Islamic terrorist drove along Westminster Bridge, mowing down innocent people. Two victims died on the bridge from being run over by the terrorist.
Due to the force of the impact, an innocent lady was hurled into the Thames River sustaining serious injuries. Emergency services were able to pull her out of the river alive. ITV News is reporting, "A group of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge."
The terrorist crashed the SUV into a gate and proceeded to run into the Palace of Westminster, where he fatally stabbed 48-year-old police officer and married father of three, Keith Palmer, with a large knife. Police then shot and killed the terrorist. It was initially reported there were two terrorists, one who mowed down pedestrians and another who ran into Westminster, killing PC Palmer. However, police have stated they are not certain there was a second attacker.
This incident is reminiscent of the terror attack in Nice, France, where innocent people, including small children, were cruelly run over by a terrorist driving a large truck. It has become a method used by Islamic terrorists to harm and kill people they brand "infidels" "kuffar" and "non-believers" (80 People Dead And 100 Injured In ISIS Terrorist Attack In Nice, France).
Emergency services giving medical assistance to murderous terrorist, who later succumb to his fatal injuries
ITV News is reporting "Palace of Westminster security under scrutiny after attack. The Palace of Westminster is not as secure as it could be. It is a set of working buildings where MPs, Lords, their staffs and journalists come and go constantly. It will be a matter of concern that today's attacker was able to get inside the security cordon. But he did not get far inside. Arguably this meant the security succeeded. But only just."
Just two years ago in the February 18. 2015 Judiciary Report article "Protecting Landmarks From Terrorism" and on my Blogspot time stamped blog I warned places such as Westminster (Big Ben) need to be protected:
"The terrorist mindset sees the destruction of landmarks as an achievement. They see it as symbols of nations. While this behavior is unquestionably wrong and sometimes creates loss of life, law enforcement must be vigilant in protecting landmarks. Terrorism makes no sense to the average person. Nonetheless, it has become a reality in our world and one that must be tackled head on and defeated wherever it exists. Landmarks such as Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower, among others, must be protected due to their beauty and historic significance."
Once again, he government needs to increase security around the Palace of Westminster, among other places. After the September 11th terrorist attack, it became evident terrorists are attacking popular landmarks in the West (the US government needs to protect the Statue of Liberty as well).
A news photo illustration of crime scenes in terrorist attack
In 2012 I loved walking from Charing Cross to the Victoria station in London, England for exercise. I always felt safe. I always found the view and sound of Big Ben very reassuring and comforting. The view at night of Westminster flanked by the Thames is also romantic. For a terrorist to disturb the epicness and historic nature of that space is truly horrible.
Governments needs to drop political correctness and look at the situation for what it is, as there is no logic, rationale or humanity to terrorists' behavior. You are facing an ideology that states as one of its main doctrines that they must murder westerners. Security needs to be increased at places such as Westminster, even employing police/military snipers on roof tops, with a clear vantage point of events transpiring on the ground.
Palace of Westminster security under scrutiny after attack
22 March 2017 at 6:39pm - The Palace of Westminster is not as secure as it could be. It is a set of working buildings where MPs, Lords, their staffs and journalists come and go constantly. It will be a matter of concern that today's attacker was able to get inside the security cordon. But he did not get far inside. Arguably this meant the security succeeded. But only just.
The gate where today's attacker appears to have gained access is often open for ministerial cars to come and go. The attacker's car crashed into the railings outside the Palace of Westminster. There are further layers of security in and around the Palace meaning that even inside the estate, you can't move about freely, but where the attacker got to was more or less the final layer of defence...
Westminster terror attack: Five dead as pedestrians mowed down and police officer stabbed
Five people have died and more than 40 have been injured after a knifeman brought terror to the heart of Westminster before being shot by armed officers on Wednesday. Here is what we know so far:
The attacker, armed with two large knives, mowed down
pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge
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