UK Parliament terror: Attacker is dead and other key developments so far

Threat level in UK remains ‘severe’; no India hurt in the attack

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Wednesday’s terrorist attack in the heart of London has broken the more than a decade-long lull Britain enjoyed when it came to high-profile terrorist attacks. The attack’s relatively lower casualties in comparison to the past attacks in Paris and Brussels has done nothing to dent the sense of shock people have felt, once again, across the world.

On Wednesday, a suspected terrorist mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and stabbed a police officer outside Britain’s Parliament complex before being shot dead by Scotland Yard officers. According to reports, prior to being shot by police, the attacker had tried to gain entry into the British Parliament via the main entrance. (Read more)

Below is a round-up of all the latest news about the attack

1)Death toll rises: Initially, according to reports, four people had died in Wednesday’s attack. By Thursday morning, the death toll had risen to five. Further, 40 others were injured in the attack.

The knifeman behind the attack is among the dead. He was shot dead by armed Scotland Yard officers. A police officer was also among the dead. The Metropolitan Police named the police officer killed as 48-year-old Keith Palmer and also confirmed that the attacker was “known” to the police. (Read more)

2) PM Modi reaches out: While world leaders expressed shock and solidarity over the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to express sadness over the attack and said that India stands with the UK at this difficult moment.

“Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Modi said in a tweet. Read More

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