A terror attack on Wednesday (March 22) left four people dead, including the attacker and a police officer, in the city of London.
Now, the Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack. The attacker was shot and killed by police outside the British Parliament. He had driven a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer.
Eight people have been arrested in association with the attack, according to Fox News.
"The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition," said a statement from the Amaq news agency.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who was rushed to safety following the attack and held an emergency meeting, stated, “Our working assumption is that the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology. We know the threat from Islamist terrorism is very real. But while the public should remain utterly vigilant, they should not and will not be cowed by this threat.”
Nearly 30 people were injured in the attack, including nationals from France, Romania, South Korea, Germany, Poland, Ireland, China, Italy, and Greece, as well as the UK.
May encouraged the city of London to stand strong in the face of this attack which she called “sick and depraved.”
“An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy, but today we meet as normal … we are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism,” she said. “Democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”
Photo: A message is left with flowers near the scene of yesterday's attack, on March 23, 2017 in London, England. Four people including the assailant have been killed and around 40 people injured following yesterday's attack outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
Photo courtesy: Carl Court/Getty Images
Publication date: March 23, 2017