London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster Bridge

·Senior Writer

Five people were killed and 40 others injured after an attacker plowed a car into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what U.K. officials are investigating as an act of terrorism.

What we know so far:

  • The attack began around 2:30 p.m. local time, when the car struck pedestrians on the bridge before crashing into a gate outside the Houses of Parliament.

  • The knife-wielding suspect driving the car was shot after stabbing a police officer guarding the building.

  • Both the officer and assailant died at the scene, officials said.

  • Some of the 40 wounded on the bridge are said to have suffered “catastrophic” injuries.

  • Parliament was placed on lockdown for several hours.

  • British police are treating the incident as terrorism.

  • Officials said they believe the attack was carried out by a lone individual.

  • The suspect has yet to be publicly identified.

  • A full counterterrorism investigation is under way.

  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a video statement condemning the attack.

  • “Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism,” Khan said.

See a recap of the attack and its aftermath in the live blog below, and tune in Thursday morning for more live updates from London.

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