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Terrorist Attack Strikes London

A terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge near the House of Parliament in Central London left five people dead and nearly 40 more injured on Wednesday.

In the early afternoon, an attacker identified by the police as Khalid Masood, 52, plowed through pedestrians with a car on the Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings outside the British Parliament. He then approached Parliament and fatally stabbed a 48-year-old police officer, Keith Palmer. Masood was then shot and killed by armed officers.

The assailant killed three other innocent people while driving on the bridge. One victim was a 43-year-old Aysha Frade, a teacher in London. The mother-of-two was on her way to pick up her children from school. Another victim was Kurt Cochran, a US tourist who came to London with his wife to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Lastly, a 75-year-old man died Thursday from injuries sustained during the attack.

The prime minister, Theresa May, stated Masood was British-born and had been investigated many years ago due to concerns of violent extremism. The group known as Islamic State (ISIS) claims responsibility for the attack, stating that the man was “a soldier of Islamic State,” although this statement is unverified.

World leaders sent their condolences, with the US President Donald Trump promising US support in responding to the attack.

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