London terror attack: Eyewitnesses describe 'Asian guy' carrying 8 inch knife

Eyewitnesses have described the person suspected of carrying out what police describe as a terrorist attack at Westminster as an ‘Asian guy’ carrying a large knife.

Here’s what we know so far…

The incident

An armed assailant has been shot dead by police after he ploughed into pedestrians before stabbing a policeman.

Who is the suspect?

Little is known so far but eyewitnesses have described seeing a middle-aged man carrying an 8-inch knife and running.

The roads around Westminster have been cordoned off following the incident (PA)
The roads around Westminster have been cordoned off following the incident (PA)

Witness Jayne Wilkinson said: “We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.

“And then there were three shots fired, and then we crossed the road and looked over. The man was on the floor with blood.

“He had a lightweight jacket on, dark trousers and a shirt. He was running through those gates, towards Parliament, and the police were chasing him.”


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Who are the victims?

One woman has died and as many as a dozen people are said to have been mowed down, with some suffering “catastrophic” injuries. One police officer was stabbed. His condition is still not known.

What has happened inside Parliament?

Prime Minister Theresa May was moved out of the Houses of Parliament securely and escorted away. She is now monitoring the situation closely at 10 Downing Street, according to her spokesman. MPs have been locked in a chamber inside Westminster while the streets around Parliament have been cordoned off and Westminster Tube station has been closed.

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