London in shock after attack on ‘heart of power’
London awoke today amidst the commotion and tense calm after yesterday’s attack on the Westminster Parliament, where a terrorist hit two passers-by and stabbed a police officer before being shot dead.
The area of the Houses of Parliament, where Big Ben is located, remains cordoned off and Westminster tube station is still closed, blocking access to the Legislative Hall and Whitehall’s ministerial street, the “heart of power” in the United Kingdom.
In a murky environment and among a large police presence, deputies resumed parliamentary activity in the House of Commons, following the typical British motto that they must remain “open to business”, and did so by keeping a minute of silence in Memory of the victims. The flags flutter at half-mast in the residence and official office of Prime Minister Theresa May at No. 10 Downing Street as well as at the Metropolitan Police Headquarters in London.
After yesterday’s turmoil, Londoners, many of them reading free newspapers on the subway, today assimilate the true meaning of what happened, the attack that everyone feared and, as the Police said, finally “there has been Materialized “.
According to the latest data, the attack has left four deaths, among them the one of the aggressor, and at least 29 injured, of which seven are in “critical condition”.
Eight people have been detained in the registry of six homes in London, Birmingham and elsewhere not specified in the country in relation to the attack, according to the head of the police counterterrorism unit, Mark Rowley, who pointed out that to date no indications have been identified that point to “new terrorists threats”.
The mayor of London, Labor Sadiq Khan, has called for a candlelight vigil at the central Trafalgar Square in solidarity with the victims.