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Police believe they know the identity of the terrorist, and that he is dead, but have not yet released any names. The driver killed three with his car than brutally stabbed Officer Keith Palmer to death. Four are already dead with several others in critical condition. Right now, the number of people injured is around 40.
Horrifying footage shows the moment a a woman plunged into the River Thames as a car ploughs onto the pavement in a terror attack in the heart of London.
Incredibly she was rescued alive from the river following the atrocity, which saw three members of the public killed on the bridge before the driver stabbed a police officer.
The unarmed officer who died has been named by Scotland Yard as 48-year-old father Keith Palmer.
The attacker was shot dead by officers outside the Houses of Parliament.
It is not known whether the woman fell or jumped, but initial reports from the scene suggested she had leaped into the water to escape the 4×4 which killed three people before crashing into railings outside Big Ben.
The car is seen speeding along the landmark bridge at 2.40pm. Police have said around 40 people were injured before the car came to a halt.
The seriously injured include two French pupils, thought to be 15 or 16 years old, as well as tourists from South Korea and Romania.
A third pupil, from St Joseph High School in the Brittany seaside town of Concarneau, was treated at the scene after being hit by the same car.
The Yonhap news agency in South Korea has said the seriously injured tourist was a 67-year-old woman surnamed Park.
She suffered a head injury after being shoved by people fleeing the scene, and is receiving surgery at St Mary’s Hospital in London, according to reports.
In another video taken moments after the attack, casualties are shown being treated by passers-by on Westminster Bridge.
The video was taken by a woman who can be heard repeatedly stating ‘Oh my god’, before asking aloud: ‘What coward is doing this? Oh lord.’
Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said police believed there was only one attacker, but added it would be ‘foolish to be overconfident early on’.
Islamic extremism was suspected in the attack, Rowley said, adding that authorities believe they know the assailant’s identity but would not reveal it while the investigation was ongoing.
The footage shows a woman lying in the road beneath a bus. She died as a result of her injuries, it has been confirmed.
Another victim, a man, is seen being treated with what looks like a serious head injury by a woman, blood pouring from his forehead.
The woman who took the footage is heard asking: ‘Do you know what happened?’
A passer-by responded: ‘One car’, but did not elaborate. Debris from the vehicle, a Hyundai 4×4, can be seen in the road and on the pavement approaching the Houses of Parliament.
As the woman walks toward the Palace of Westminster, four people can be seen lying on the pavement surrounded by members of the public giving first aid.
The car mounted the pavement close to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
As the woman taking the footage approaches Westminster Palace, an armed officer blocks her path and tells her to move away.
Around 20 people were hit when the 4×4 drove along the pavement on the crowded bridge, knocking down and seriously injuring pedestrians before crashing into a fence below Big Ben.
The killer, described by witnesses as ‘middle-aged and Asian’, then managed to break into the grounds of Parliament, where he fatally stabbed a police officer with two knives.
The man drove a year-old Hyundai Tucson – worth up to £32,000 and registered in the affluent Essex city of Chelmsford – down Westminster Bridge at ‘high speed’ yesterday.