Moments after a major terror attack in London near the Houses of Parliament, in which a woman was killed and many injured, Indian-origin lawmaker Keith Vaz shared that he was among hundreds of members locked inside the parliament building.
Five people have died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a auto along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament, BBC News reports.
Mr Rowley gave assurances that the force is throwing the "full weight of its counter terrorism unit" behind the investigation and has urged anyone who saw/sees anything suspicious or concerning to get in touch with police immediately. The intruder seemed to be carrying a "long kitchen knife" prior to being shot, Press Association political editor Andrew Woodcock told the BBC.
The 48-year-old was a member of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command that usually are armed and stand guard just within the gates of the Houses of Parliament.
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"He was someone who left for work today expecting that he would return home at the end of his shift", Rowley said of Palmer.
British politicians paid tribute to the police officer killed on duty.
"My heart goes out to his family, friends and colleagues".
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the actions of PC Palmer as "courageous".
Conservative MP James Cleverly and longtime friend said he was devastated by Palmer's death: "I've known Keith for 25 years". We served together in the Royal Artillery before he became a copper.
"A lovely man, a friend, I'm heartbroken".