“Yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy. But today we meet as normal to deliver a simple message. We are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism.” stressed an emphatic Theresa May during her speech in the House of Commons winning the applause of all MP’s who were present. The British prime minister said that there is an assumption that the terrorist was inspired by Islamic ideology.
“His identity is known to the police and MI5. When operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified. What I can confirm is the man was British born and that, some years ago, was investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns for violent extremism. There was no prior intelligence of his intent or the plot.”
Clad in black Theresa May looked sad but appearing strong on camera, urged the British people on Wednesday evening to go on with their lives like they did before the terrorist attack on Westminster bridge and the Parliament. “Let me make it clear today…any attempt to defeat those values through violence is doomed to failure. The streets of Westminster are ingrained with the spirit of freedom” said May, showing her determination to fight the terrorists, who want to make the British citizens fearful.
On Wednesday afternoon, a man in his 40s, drove a Hyundai SUV, on the pavement of Westminster bridge and hit several pedestrians that were strolling. Then, the terrorist drove the SUV into the gate of the nearby parliament building and managed to stab a police officer to death before being shot dead. The attack, which the Metropolitan police called a terror attack, resulted to the deaths of four people and the injury of forty more, seven being treated in hospitals in a critical condition.
The killed policeman was named Keith Palmer and had served as a guard for the last 15 years. Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative MP and former army officer rushed to save the fallen policeman despite the fact that he was warned by police to stay inside the parliament building and be protected. Although Ellwood didn’t manage to save Palmer’s life, his heroic act gained the admiration of everyone.
According to information, Aysha Frade was one of the victims of the terrorist attack on Westminster bridge. Frade, 43, was a mother of two girls and she lost her life while walking to pick her daughters up from their school. A video that is being circulated on social media shows a woman jumping in the Thames river to escape getting hit by the terrorist’s SUV. Among the injured are French students, who were visiting London, and South Korean tourists, who were there for the occasional photos.
On Thursday morning Scotland yard raided an apartment, in Birmingham and made four arrests in connection with the terrorist attack. A spokesman for the Enterprise car rental company confirmed, that the SUV used by the terrorist was one of theirs. Many world leaders have sent messages to Theresa May to express their solidarity to the UK against this hideous act of terrorism.