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Jack Taylor/Getty Images(LONDON) — The man police believe is responsible for Wednesday's terrorist attack at London's Westminster Bridge has been identified as U.K. native Khalid Masood.

Police said Masood, 52, was known to authorities and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses. His most recent conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife, according to the Metropolitan Police Service.

Masood was born in Kent in southeast England and detectives believe he was most recently residing in the West Midlands in western-central England. He was also known by a number of aliases, according to the Metropolitan Police Service in London.

Masood has not been convicted of any terrorism offenses, police noted.

Police said Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence regarding his intent to launch a terrorist attack.

Earlier Thursday, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May addressed members of Parliament, speaking solemnly about the "act of terrorism that tried to silence our democracy."

"But today we meet as normal — as generations have done before us, and as future generations will continue to do — to deliver a simple message: We are not afraid," she said at Britain's House of Commons. "And our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism."

May discussed what intelligence and security officials had so far gleaned about the attack, noting that the assailant was born in the United Kingdom and had been on the radar of security services.

He allegedly killed three people, including a police officer, and injured at least 29 others who were hospitalized in an attack that authorities have declared a terrorist incident. A man believed to be the attacker was shot dead by police at the scene, according to London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Police officials say they believe Wednesday’s attack was "inspired by international terrorism" and that they know the attacker's identity but have so far refused to provide further details. Authorities are also looking at the suspect's possible associates.

In a statement published Thursday by its media outlet, Amaq News Agency, ISIS called the attacker "a soldier of the Islamic State" and said he "carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the international coalition."

Eight people were arrested after overnight raids at six locations, including in Birmingham and London, Metropolitan Police acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley said this morning.

Wednesday's attack began around 2:40 p.m. local time, when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard, according to police.

The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police. In an initial news conference Wednesday night, Rowley said the suspect tried to enter Parliament but was stopped "very close to the gate."

The officer who died, identified as 48-year-old Keith Palmer, was not armed. Palmer, a husband and father, had served for 15 years with the Metropolitan Police Service, Rowley added.

The attack, which occurred on the one-year anniversary of attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people and wounded hundreds, was reminiscent of vehicle attacks last year in both Berlin and Nice, France.

A spokesperson for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an American car rental company headquartered in Missouri, confirmed to ABC News that the vehicle used in Wednesday's attack in London was rented from one of its branches in Birmingham, England. The spokesperson refused to provide additional details about the individual who rented the car, when it was rented and how it was paid for.

"We can confirm that the car used in the tragic attack in London yesterday afternoon was one of ours. An employee identified the vehicle after seeing the license plate in an image online. We ran another check to verify, and immediately contacted the authorities," the spokesperson in a statement Thursday. "We are cooperating fully with the authorities and will provide any assistance that we can to the investigation."

Eyewitnesses described to ABC News what they saw as the attack unfolded. One witness, Richard Tice, said he saw injured people lying on the pavement on Westminster Bridge. The car involved in the attack appeared to have jumped the curb, knocking people over, he added.

Bradford and Joanne Buck, a U.S. couple visiting London from Connecticut, said they witnessed the crashing into the fence surrounding the Houses of Parliament. They didn't know what was happening but saw police armed with machine guns run to the scene.

"Just couldn't believe it was happening," Joanne Buck said in an interview Thursday morning on ABC News' Good Morning America.

"Just saw the machine guns and knew we had to take cover quickly.”

Despite the deadly attack and heavy police presence, the couple said Londoners appear resilient and are going about their day.

"The people are great; they're going about their business. There's a lot of police officers with machine guns walking around, which we hadn't seen before this happened. But the mood of the people is great," Bradford Buck told GMA, adding that they too will carry on with their visit.

"We're going to carry on with our vacation," he said. "We're not going to let it stop us and hope to finish our sightseeing while we are here in London."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- An American tourist celebrating his wedding anniversary in Europe was among those killed in the terrorist attack in London on Wednesday, a family member confirmed to ABC News.

Utah resident Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa traveled to Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and were visiting London on Wednesday, with plans to return to the United States Thursday. Cochran and his wife were both wounded in the attack. Cochran died from his injuries while Melissa remains in the hospital, according to a statement from her brother, Clint Payne.

"Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our brother and son-in-law, Kurt W. Cochran, who was a victim of Wednesday's terrorist attack in London. Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our sister and daughter, Melissa. They were in Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and were scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday," Payne said in the statement obtained by ABC News.

"Melissa also received serious injuries in the attack, and is being cared for in the hospital. We express our gratitude to the emergency and medical personnel who have cared for them and ask for your prayers on behalf of Melissa and our family. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries," the statement added.

Wednesday's attack began around 2:40 p.m. local time, when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard, according to London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Three people, including a police officer, were killed and at least 29 others were injured in the attack which authorities have declared a terrorist incident. A man believed to be the attacker was shot dead by police at the scene, police said.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament Thursday that the suspected perpetrator was British-born and had been on the radar of security services.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Londoners returned to work Thursday morning after an attack in the heart of the city Wednesday left four people dead, including the assailant.

While most faced a more visible police presence along their commutes, some Londoners were also greeted with messages of resilience at train stations within London’s subway system, known as the Tube.

The message board at one station near the Tower of London, just 2.5 miles from the site of the attack, reminded commuters that, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”

💔 Hard to write today. #Westminster #RIP #LondonIsOpen #LAS #LFB #metpolice #BTP #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/YVMiSwqXpu

— Tower Hill Station (@towerhilltube) March 23, 2017

The London Tube system has a longstanding tradition of posting quotes or inspirational messages on whiteboards inside stations around the city. With more than a billion journeys made on the Tube in a year, the message boards are a highly visible means of communication with commuters.

Leicester Square, one of the busiest stations in Central London, posted THIS message.

Another station in West London asked commuters to focus on the strength that ordinary people have in the midst of adversity. “Bad things do happen in the world … but out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” read the message board.

Empowering quote this morning at Richmond station after the events at Westminster yesterday. #WeStandTogether #WeAreNotAfraid @BBCNews @ITV pic.twitter.com/HZlJZzK64e

— Sophie Yiannouris (@SophieYiannouri) March 23, 2017

The Oval station in South London offered its condolences to the city with the slogan, “You have to be at your strongest when you’re feeling at your weakest.”

Thursday 23rd March Thought Of The Day From Oval Station #IAmLondon #wearenotafraid #Ilovelondon pic.twitter.com/Jouvwb6JvG

— Oval Tube Station (@Oval_station) March 23, 2017

Another South London station shared a story from Fred Rogers, known to generations of children as the face of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Love this sentiment at @Claphamnth tube station this morning. pic.twitter.com/PaEU5MQHOM

— Amit Bali (@amitkbali) March 23, 2017

The messages have been shared widely on social media, where they’ve resonated with grieving Londoners.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Four people were killed, including a police officer, and at least 40 other people were injured in an attack in London that authorities have declared a terrorist incident. A man believed to be the attacker was also killed, shot by police at the scene.

Eight people were later arrested at six locations in overnight raids in Birmingham, according to Metropolitan Police acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley during a Thursday morning press conference.

Wednesday's attack began when a driver struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge, London's Metropolitan Police said.

Witness Richard Tice told ABC News that he saw injured people on the pavement. According to him, the car jumped the curb, knocking over pedestrians.

The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was guarding Parliament, police said.

The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police. In an initial press conference on Wednesday evening, Rowley said the suspect tried to enter Parliament but was stopped "very close to the gate."

The officer who died, identified as 48-year-old Keith Palmer, was not armed, he added. Palmer, a husband and father, served for 15 years with the Metropolitan Police, Rowley said.

Police believe that the attack was "inspired by international terrorism" and that they know the attacker's identity, but Rowley has refused to provide further details. Authorities are also looking at the suspect's possible associates.

As police swarmed the area during Wednesday's chaotic scene, Tom Peck, a British journalist, told ABC News from his office in London that he heard a bang, lots of screaming and then several gunshots.

Authorities said they had received different reports Wednesday of a person in the River Thames, a car that collided with pedestrians and a man armed with a knife.

A seriously injured woman was pulled from the Thames and was among those who received medical treatment, an official with the Port of London Authority told ABC News.

Three French high school students were also among the injured, according to French officials.

Tobias Ellwood, a member of Parliament, was seen giving first aid to a victim.

Rowley said earlier in the day, "This is a day we plan for but hope it will never happen. Sadly, it is now a reality."

"We will continue to do all we can to protect the people of London," he added.

The Parliament building had been on lockdown after the attack.

The House of Commons and the House of Lords resumed normal operations on Thursday.

"Business must return to normal as quickly as possible," Rowley said Wednesday evening.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as "appalling" and a "sick and depraved terrorist attack" in a press conference Wednesday evening.

She said the location chosen for the attack was "no accident" and that Britain's threat level will remain at severe, where it has been for some time.

"The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech," she said.

She continued, "These streets of Westminster, home to the world's oldest Parliament, are ingrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents — democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law — command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere."

May offered prayers for the victims and their families and commended the bravery of authorities during the attack "who risk[ed] their lives to keep us safe."

"Once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way," she said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement, "There will be additional armed and unarmed police officers on our streets from tonight in order to keep Londoners and all those visiting our city safe."

"I want to reassure all Londoners and all our visitors not to be alarmed. Our city remains one of the safest in the world," he said. "London is the greatest city in the world, and we stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism."

He went on, "My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to everyone who's been affected. Tragically, a Metropolitan Police officer who was doing his duty protecting our city is amongst those who have been killed, and my thoughts are with his family this evening. I want to express my gratitude, on behalf of all Londoners, to the police and emergency services who've shown tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances."

Police said a flag with the Metropolitan Police emblem is being flown at half-staff over Scotland Yard in honor of the victims.

Taylor Davis of the U.S. was at the top of the London Eye at the time of the incident.

"We saw a lot of commotion, ambulances, policemen. We kind of thought it was a car accident at first, then a bunch of black detective cars came in a line. That's kind of when we knew it was more serious than that," Davis told ABC News. "It was just surreal how lucky we felt. We felt very safe up there and just being in the right place at the right time."

Anyone with videos or images of the incident is asked to turn them over to police.

President Trump tweeted Wednesday night, "Spoke to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May today to offer condolences on the terrorist attack in London. She is strong and doing very well."

And U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, "I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference."

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@MayorOfTelAviv/Twitter(NEW YORK) — Cities across the globe paid tribute to the victims of Wednesday's terror attack in London by flying flags at half-mast, illuminating buildings in the Union Jack's red, white and blue — or in the case of the Eiffel Tower, by going dark altogether.

Three people were killed and at least 29 hospitalized after a man driving a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and the man, armed with a knife attacked an officer who was guarding Parliament, police said. The suspect was killed by police.

The Library of Birmingham in Britain's second largest city was lit red, white and blue to honor the attack's victims.

"Tonight the Second City #brum stands shoulder-to-shoulder with #London following today's #Westminster attack," tweeted Birmingham council.

Across the English Channel in France, the Eiffel Tower in Paris went dark at midnight.

"I will turn my lights off tonight, at midnight, to pay tribute to the victims of the London attack. #EiffelTower," read a tweet posted on the Eiffel Tower's timeline.

Across the pond in Florida, the 400-foot-tall Orlando Eye Ferris wheel was bathed in red, white, and blue. "We stand with London. #prayforlondon," read a caption alongside a photo of the Eye it posted on Instagram.

In Canada, police in British Columbia's capital of Victoria flew flags at half-mast.

"Our flags are at half-mast to honour fallen @metpoliceuk officer Keith Palmer & the other victims in London. #thinblueline," tweeted the Victoria Police Department.

And in Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv, the city hall was illuminated with a Union Jack on one side, and the Israeli flag on the other side.

"#TelAviv City Hall lit up tonight in colours of the Union Jack, in solidarity with the city of #London and my colleague @SadiqKhan," tweeted mayor Ron Huldai.

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IakovKalinin/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Dramatic video of Wednesday's terrorist incident in London shows the suspected attacker barreling across Westminster Bridge in a car.

Surveillance video of the bridge broadcast by the BBC on Wednesday shows the car weaving in and out of traffic as it crosses the bridge. At one point, something or someone can be seen falling into
the River Thames below.

A seriously injured woman was later pulled from the river and received medical treatment, an official with the Port of London Authority told ABC News.

Four people were killed, including a police officer, and at least 40 other people were injured in the attack, near the Houses of Parliament. A man believed to be the attacker was also killed, shot
by police at the scene. Authorities believe the suspect acted alone.

Authorities said they believe the attack was "inspired by international terrorism."

Britain's threat level remains at severe after the attack, said U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Moussa81/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump Jr. criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan after a terrorist attack in London today near the Houses of Parliament, referring to remarks Khan made in 2016.

On Twitter, Trump wrote, "You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in a big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan." Accompanying the tweet was a link to a September story by The
Independent, which reprinted a quote from Khan in The Evening Standard, in which he said the threat of attacks is "part and parcel of living in a big city." 

You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan https://t.co/uSm2pwRTjO

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 22, 2017

Khan made the remarks to The Evening Standard shortly before a meeting with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in September. Days before, a pressure cooker bomb injured dozens of people in New York
City's Chelsea neighborhood.

"It is a reality, I'm afraid, that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things," Khan said at the time.

He added, "That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities. It means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice."

In the interview, Khan criticized Trump's father, then–presidential candidate Donald Trump Sr., for saying within minutes of the explosion that it was time to "get tough."

"I'm not going to speculate as to who is responsible or how the police in New York should react," Khan told The Evening Standard. "Speculating when you don't know the facts is unwise."

The attack near the Houses of Parliament was described as "inspired by international terrorism" by police. Khan is London's first Muslim mayor.

Four people were killed and at least 40 more were injured in the attack. The suspect was also killed, shot by police on the scene.

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alexkuehni/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- North Korea's failed missile launch overnight has once again highlighted concerns about that country's missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Much is not known about the programs, but there are a number of parameters that officials have assessed or made public.

Here is a guide to some questions you might have about North Korea and those programs.

Who is in charge of North Korea’s military? Kim Jong Un is the 33-year-old "Supreme Leader" of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea. He is also the Supreme
Commander of the Armed Forces. He inherited his position as North Korea's leader following the death of his father Kim Jong Il in December, 2011. North Korea is the world's only hereditary
communist dictatorship: Kim Jong Un's grandfather was the founder of North Korea.

How large is North Korea's military? The Pentagon estimates that North Korea's army has more than 1 million soldiers, making it the fourth largest army in the world. Some 4-5 percent of North
Korea's 24 million people serve on active military duty and another 25 to 30 percent of the population serve in some reserve military capacity.

What is the DMZ? DMZ stands for the Demilitarized Zone that divides North Korea and South Korea. The 2.5 mile-wide DMZ stretches for 160 miles along the Korean Peninsula and is a buffer zone
created by the 1953 Armistice that halted the Korean War. While the zone itself is demilitarized, the areas beyond it on both sides of the border are some of the most militarized in the world.
Panmunjon is the Joint Security Area where occasional meetings are held by representatives of North Korea and the United Nations Command.

Is the North Korean military a threat? Most of North Korea's military equipment dates to the Cold War-era and was obtained from the Soviet Union and China. But the large size of its military poses
a continual standing threat to South Korea, since 70 percent of its ground forces half its air and navy forces are stationed within 60 miles of the DMZ. And North Korea has been working for the
last decade to develop a nuclear weapons program and long range ballistic missile program.

What is a ballistic missile? A ballistic missile uses propulsion to launch it into an upward trajectory and then falls to earth on its own towards a target using gravity. The use of ballistic to
describe these missiles comes from the physics term "ballistic trajectory" that describes the boosted launch and fall to earth by gravity.

How far can North Korea’s missiles travel? North Korea has intermediate-range missiles that can travel more than 2,000 miles. However, its successful missile tests of these Musudan and KN-11
missiles have not traveled that far when launched. The Unha rocket is a satellite launch program that early last year successfully placed a satellite in orbit. U.S. officials have said the Unha
testing program is really a cover for North Korea to develop long range missiles under the guise of a civilian program.

How many missiles does North Korea possess? The Pentagon's estimates that North Korea has about 200 launchers that can be used to fire short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. It estimates North
Korea has fewer than 100 launchers for various versions of the SCUD missile that can travel from 200 to 600 miles. And fewer than 50 launchers for its medium range No Dong missile that can travel
800 miles. The Pentagon estimates North Korea also has fewer than 50 launchers for intermediate range missiles like the Musudan and KN-11 that can travel up to 2,000 miles.

Can North Korean missiles reach the United States? No. North Korea's intermediate-range missiles do not have the capability of reaching Hawaii or Alaska. However, if reconfigured for a different
trajectory it is possible for the Unha rocket to come close to those states.

What does ICBM stand for? ICBM stands for intercontinental ballistic missile, a guided missile capable of traveling more than 3,418 miles to deliver a nuclear warhead. ICBM's are usually multi-
stage rockets used to boost a payload into a sub-orbital trajectory. At that point the nuclear warhead inside the payload would re-enter the atmosphere using a guidance system to strike its
intended target.

Does North Korea have an ICBM? In early January, Kim Jong Un claimed that North Korea was close to testing an ICBM. However, there have been no indications of such a launch taking place. Two
successful Unha satellite launches would indicate that North Korea has made progress in a multi-stage delivery system.

Why are North Korea's missile launches a provocation? Over the past decade North Korea has continued to conduct missile tests and launches in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions
barring it from conducting a ballistic missile program.

Does North Korea have nuclear weapons? Yes. North Korea has a small arsenal of small nuclear weapons as proven by its five nuclear tests. According to the Congressional Research Service, it is
generally believed that North Korea has between 30 and 40 kilograms of separated plutonium, enough for at least half a dozen nuclear weapons. But other estimates range higher, the Institute for
Science and International Security estimated in 2014 that North Korea could build 10 to 16 nuclear weapons.

Does North Korea have miniaturized nuclear warheads?
No, but it is working toward its stated goal of placing a nuclear warhead small enough to be placed atop an ICBM that could target the United
States. Last year North Korea conducted two nuclear tests it claimed were miniaturized hydrogen bombs. U.S. officials discounted the claim that the first test in January had been successful,
however the second test in September produced the largest of the five nuclear tests it has conducted since 2006.

Where are the closest American troops? There are 28,500 American troops permanently stationed in South Korea as part of the U.S. security commitment to South Korea after the Korean War. There are
there also 54,000 American troops in Japan, the largest number of American forces in Japan are stationed on the island of Okinawa.

What other countries in the region have nuclear weapons? North Korea is bordered by Russia and China, both countries have nuclear weapons arsenals. Russia currently has 1,796 nuclear warheads, a
legacy from the Soviet Union's Cold War arsenal. China does not make available information about its nuclear weapons program, but various think tanks estimate it has 260 nuclear warheads. The
Pentagon believes China has between 75 and 100 nuclear-capable ICBMs.

Can the United States defend against a North Korean missile attack? The United States has a layered missile defense system designed to track and intercept a missile launch from North Korea. It
includes missile interceptors aboard Navy ships in the Pacific and large ground-based interceptors located in Alaska and California. However, the viability of the large interceptors has been
routinely questioned since they became operational nearly a decade ago.

What is THAAD? The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is a missile defense shield designed to intercept short and medium range missiles. On Tuesday, the United States deployed THAAD
to South Korea for the first time, a long-planned move agreed to last summer after a series of North Korean missile tests. The United States has also placed the THAAD system in Guam, which could be
the maximum reach for some of North Korea's long-range missiles.

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bpperry/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- An attack in London Wednesday that police declared a terrorist incident left four dead, including a suspect, and at least 20 other people injured.

Here's how it unfolded.

The attack began at about 2:40 p.m., when the driver of a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on the Westminster Bridge, London's Metropolitan Police said.

Witness Richard Tice told ABC News that he saw injured people on the pavement. According to Tice, the car appeared to have jumped the curb, knocking people over.

The car then crashed near the Houses of Parliament, and at least one man armed with a knife attacked an armed officer who was guarding Parliament, police said.

The suspect, whom authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police.

Three died in the attack, including a police officer, police said.

A few hours after the attack, police declared it a terrorist incident.

Cmdr Harrington “The events near Parliament Square #Westminster has been declared a terrorist incident”

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

This evening, police said the flag over Scotland Yard would be flown at half-mast in honor of the victims.

Flag at half-mast over Scotland Yard tonight to mark the death of our officer & the other victims of this afternoon’s attack in #Westminster pic.twitter.com/NqaGSqJtmt

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan Police said, "This is a day we plan for, but hope it will never happen. Sadly, it is now a reality."

"We will continue to do all we can to protect the people of London."

Anyone with videos or images from the incident is asked to turn them over to police.

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Davis McCardle/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A member of British parliament is being hailed as a hero after he was seen aiding a victim of a terror attack near London's Westminster Bridge.

MP Tobias Ellwood, a foreign office junior minister, was pictured with a bloody face after he attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an injured police officer on the bridge, the BBC reported.

Photos show Ellwood, 50, crouched over the victim as first responders surrounded them.

Four people are dead, including the possible assailant, and at least another 20 are injured from the attack, which authorities have called an act of terrorism.

The attack began when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on the Westminster Bridge, a popular tourist destination in London near the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament.

The car then crashed nearby, and at least one man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was guarding Parliament, police said.

The suspect, who is believed to have acted alone, was shot and killed by police.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Witnesses to a terrorist attack in which an assailant apparently plowed a car into pedestrians and an officer was stabbed near the Houses of Parliament in London described a chaotic scene Wednesday afternoon, with injured people lying sprawled in all directions.

At least one victim was killed in the attack, according to the BBC.

More details about what transpired are not yet known, but Richard Price, an eyewitness, told ABC News that he saw police steering people away from the area where the attack took place.

Another eyewitness told the BBC that someone driving a car on Westminster Bridge appeared to hit bystanders and that paramedics were treating people on the ground.

British lawmaker Grant Shapps said on Twitter that he was walking through the cloisters of the House of Commons and heard "four gunshots."

Radoslaw Sikorski, a former foreign minister of Poland, posted a video on Twitter that seems to show people lying injured in the road on Westminster Bridge.

Sikorski, now a senior fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies, wrote, "A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people."

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iStock/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) -- A year after three Islamic State suicide bombers attacked the Brussels airport and a metro station, the city on Wednesday observed a moment of silence to remember the victims, in addition to unveiling powerful tributes.

One such tribute, a sculpture titled "Wounded but Still Standing in Front of the Inconceivable," was built from two 66-foot-long horizontal platforms that bend into the air.

Another statue, “Flight in Mind,” a sculpture by Olivier Strebelle, was once housed in the departure hall at Brussels Airport, and was damaged during the attacks, according to The Brussels Times.

That statue was restored and received a grand unveiling Wednesday on the first anniversary of the violence.

The March 22 attacks were the deadliest terror attacks in the country's history.

Thirty-two people died and over 300 were injured in three bombings that took place on that Tuesday morning.

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Mountain Butorac/Twitter(ROME) -- Three-year-old Estella Westrick almost snagged an impressive souvenir on her first visit to Italy: Pope Francis' skullcap.

She snatched his skullcap, also known as a zucchetto, when he leaned in to give her a kiss on the cheek after his Wednesday audience in Vatican City.

Mountain Butorac, who posted a video of the encounter on Twitter, told ABC News that Estella is his goddaughter and that she and her family were visiting from Atlanta.

Butorac lives in Rome and runs a Catholic tour company, the Catholic Traveler.

Francis took the incident in stride and can be seen laughing in the video.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea fired a test missile Wednesday morning, but the launch failed, U.S. and South Korean officials have confirmed.

"U.S. Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt the morning of March 22 in Korea (12:49 PM Hawaii-time,) in the vicinity of Kalma," said Commander David Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command. "A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch. We are working with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment. We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely."

South Korea's Ministry of Defense also confirmed the failed launch. A ministry spokesman initially said four missiles were fired, but he later corrected that figure, saying it was one missile.

The North Korea missile was launched near Kalma in eastern Wonsan Province, where North Korea has previously attempted to launch its mobile-launched Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile.

U.S. officials said that in recent days, activity had been apparent in Wonsan Province indicating that another possible Musudan missile launch was likely.

Believed to have a minimum range of 1,500 miles, the missile is of concern to U.S. officials because mobile-launched missiles are hard to track and can be fired on short notice.

But North Korea has not had much success in testing the missile: seven of eight Musudan launches last year were spectacular failures.

U.S. officials have still not made an assessment of what type of missile was fired in the latest launch.

In February, North Korea launched a new solid-fueled rocket missile that traveled 310 miles into the Sea of Japan. That launch occurred during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit with President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The launch drew a sharp rebuke from both leaders, but attention-grabbing photos soon appeared showing aides prepping both leaders about the missile launch while they were at dinner.

In March, four North Korean medium-range SCUD type missiles traveled their maximum range of more than 600 miles into the Sea of Japan. Three of the missiles landed in waters belonging to Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone that extends 200 miles from its shoreline. Japanese territorial waters extend 12 miles from shore.

During a visit to South Korea last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled a more aggressive approach to North Korea's missile and nuclear program, including the possibility of pre-emptive military action.

"All options are on the table," particularly if North Korea continues making advances in its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons technologies, Tillerson said last week at a news conference in Seoul.

"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table," the top U.S. diplomat said in a comment widely interpreted to refer to the possibility of pre-emptive military force.

North Korea has stated that its goal is to develop a nuclear device small enough to be placed on a long-range missile capable of reaching the United States.

But Tillerson later indicated that the first step would be additional unilateral U.S. sanctions for North Korea or the full implementation of sanctions imposed by existing United Nations Security Council resolutions.

And on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer described the North Korean threat as "grave and escalating," and a National Security Council official told a nuclear conference that the administration is conducting a high-priority review of North Korea policy.


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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — There was a time when you weren’t allowed to squeeze the Charmin, now you’re lucky if you get any.

Park authorities in Beijing have installed toilet paper dispensers with facial recognition technology at the Temple of Heaven Park to prevent theft and waste.

According to the BBC, machines at the park scan visitors' faces before dispensing a fixed length strip of paper. Signs indicate visitors must remove their glasses and hats before being scanned.

The machines then dispense strips of toilet paper measuring about 24 to 27.5 inches. Additional paper will not be dispensed to the same person until nine minutes have passed.

What inspired the Chinese to do this? Media outlets in China reported that visitors to the bathrooms at the Temple of Heaven were taking excessive amounts of toilet paper, with some even taking rolls home in their bags, a problem the park has had since it began dispensing free toilet paper in 2007.

The daily use of toilet paper in the park has dropped by 20 percent, which is part of the plan. Mercifully, officials are not heartless. A park spokesman told the Beijing Evening News, "If we encounter guests who have diarrhea or any other situation in which they urgently require toilet paper, then our staff on the ground will directly provide the toilet paper.”

Six machines have been installed for a half-month trial. Staff remains on standby to explain the technology to visitors.

Additionally, the park upgraded the toilet paper from one-ply to two-ply.

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