PC Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade, two of the three people murdered by the terrorist in Westminster (Photo: Police/Facebook)
Ahmed J Versi
Four people were killed, two pedestrians, one police officer and the attacker, on March 22 in a terror attack in London. 29 people were injured in the attack including 3 police officers from Scotland Yard.
Aysha Frade, 43, was one of the two civilians killed in the terror attack on Westminster Bridge. Police Constable Keith Palmer, 48, who was unarmed, was killed by the terrorist at the Houses of Parliament.
Frade was on her way to collect her 8 and 11 year old daughters, when she was mown down by a terrorist who drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
Palmer was stabbed to death at Old Palace Yard, the courtyard directly outside the Palaces of Westminster. The attacker was shot by armed officers. He later died in hospital.
Several people have been arrested in connection with the terror attack in a raid in Edgbaston, Birmingham, where the car used in the attack was hired.
Prime Minister, Theresa May, said following an emergency high security meeting (COBRA) that the attacker carried out the “sick and depraved” act and deliberately chose the parliament which stands for democracy, freedom and rule of law.
“These streets of Westminster – home to the world’s oldest parliament – are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe,” May said. “And the values our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – commands the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.”
She said it “was why it is a target for those who reject those values and any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to fail”.
Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said, “Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrific attack, their families and friends. “The police and security staff have taken swift action to ensure the safety of the public, MPs and staff, and we are grateful to them.”
SNP Westminster Leader, Angus Robertson, said: “Our hearts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of PC Keith Palmer and of all the other casualties.
“We are all hugely grateful to all the police, security staff and first responders who ran towards danger without concern to their safety.”
A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain said they were “shocked and saddened by the incident at Westminster.”
“We condemn this attack…our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and those affected. We pay tribute too to the police and emergency services who handled this with bravery. The Palace of Westminster is the centre of our democracy and we must all ensure that it continues to serve our country and its people with safety and security,” added the Spokesman.
Metropolitan Police said it was treating the incident as a terrorist attack and a full-scale investigation was underway.
Three pupils from the Saint-Joseph de Concarneau high school in Brittany were among those wounded in the bridge incident, according to French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
“Solidarity with our terribly struck British friends, full support for injured French students, their families and their comrades,” French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Twitter.
”We express our full support to the British people. Terrorism concerns us all and France know how the British people are suffering today,” said French President François Hollande. US President Donald Trump offered his condolences to May and pledged “the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice,” the White House said.
“Deeply shocked by attacks on police & members of the public in London,” was German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reaction on Twitter. “My thoughts are with injured & our solidarity goes out to the UK,” she added.
“My thoughts are with the victims of the Westminster attack. Europe stands firm with the UK against terror and ready to help,” said European Council President Donald Tusk.
Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said “I strongly deplore today’s serious terrorist incident at Westminster, the home of British democracy, which comes exactly a year after the Brussels attacks”.
He added, “My thoughts are with the families of the victims, the police and the men and women of the emergency services, who responded swiftly and resolutely.