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Breaking News: Westminster attack: 'A guy ran past me and stabbed cop

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Parliament is on lockdown after gunshots were heard outside the Palace of Westminster and several injuries reported. Eyewitnesses describe seeing a man with a knife within the confines of the Palace, while the journalist Quentin Letts described seeing a "parliamentary security men shoot a man who had attacked a policeman”, reported Sky News.

There are also reports of a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge after a car attempted to run down a number of pedestrians, but this has not yet been confirmed. The Metropolitan Police say they are aware of an incident in Westminster.

Witnesses have described the moment a suspected terrorist stabbed a policeman with a "big knife" at Westminster. The attacker is thought to have mowed down a number of people on nearby Westminster Bridge before crashing his 4x4 into railings at Parliament and then lashing out at the officer. The knifeman was then shot and then injured by police.

Witness Rick Longley said: "We were just walking up to the (tube) station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out."They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.

"A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman."I have never seen anything like that. I just can't believe what I just saw."

 Witnesses described seeing a middle-aged man carrying a knife. 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."Her partner David Turner added: "There was a stampede of people running out. You saw the people and you thought 'what the hell is going on'."

Additional officers are to be deployed on the streets of London as the police are warning people to remain vigilant. Police have said an attack in Westminster in which at least two people are feared to have died has been declared a terrorist incident by the country's senior national coordinator.

Read more at news.sky.com.

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