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London Westminster shooting: Woman dead and others injured in 'terrorist incident'

London police have confirmed the incident at Westminster is being treated as terrorist as it has been confirmed one woman is dead and others hurt, some with "catastrophic" injuries, in the attack.

A policeman has been stabbed and his attacker shot by officers after a major terrorist incident at the Houses of Parliament.

The attacker mowed down several pedestrians as he drove a 4x4 car across Westminster Bridge before crashing it into railings then running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster and stabbing the officer.

Eyewitnesses said he was shot by police as he approached a second officer clutching his knife.

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He left a trail of destruction as paramedics tended to his victims on the bridge and at the gate.

Prime Minister Theresa May was seen being ushered into a silver Jaguar in the grounds of the palace as what sounded like gunfire rang out at around 2.45pm. A Downing Street source confirmed she was "OK".

Scotland Yard urged people to avoid the area, in a statement it said: "Officers - including firearms officers - remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.

"We thank the public for their assistance."

London Ambulance Service "declared a major incident", saying: "We were called at 2.40pm to Westminster Bridge to reports of an incident, with the first crew arriving within six minutes.

"We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London's Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

"We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene, with our priority being to ensure patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible.

"We have declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible.

"As we are very busy dealing with this incident, we would ask the public to only call us in a genuine emergency."

MPs and staff locked inside Houses of Parliament sent messages to friends and family to let them know they were safe.

Labour MP Jon Trickett thanked the police and tweeted: "Democracy will not be intimidated by terror."

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