British police have launched a “full counter-terrorism investigation” after an attacker rammed a car into crowds of people and a police officer was stabbed in the grounds of the UK parliament in London.
At least one woman died and other people suffered “catastrophic injuries” in the attack, a medic told the British Press Association. Parliament was placed in lockdown and lawmakers were forced to remain in the main debating chamber of the House of Commons as police responded to the incident outside.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said the incident was “being treated as a terrorist attack until the police know otherwise.”
Pictures showed scenes of carnage in the aftermath of the attack, which happened as parliament was in session. One member of the British government gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to one of those injured.