Four dead, many hurt in London terror attack

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LONDON — Four people were killed and about a 20 were hurt, including some with “catastrophic” injuries, when a vehicle struck pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge in London Wednesday, Britain’s Press Association said.

One of those who died was a police officer.

There were some with minor injuries, some catastrophic.

Some had injuries they could walk away from or who have life-changing injuries,” Colleen Anderson of St. Thomas’ Hospital said.

Police are treating violence near Britain’s Parliament on Wednesday “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.”

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the incident is ongoing and urged people to stay away from the area.

Officials said a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers.

Nearby, witnesses said a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge.

The former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski posted a video to Twitter that seems to show people lying injured on the span.

Sikorski, a senior fellow at the Harvard Centre for European Studies, said he saw at least five people lying on the ground after being “mown down” by a car.

Sikorski told the BBC he “heard what I thought what I thought was just a collision and then I looked through the window of the taxi and someone down, obviously in great distress.

“Then I saw a second person down, and I started filming, then I saw three more people down, one of them bleeding profusely.”

The Buckingham Palace gates have been closed as a precaution, according to the palace’s press officer.

NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau said it is “monitoring” the situation in London.

This attack comes one year to the day after the bombings in Brussels.