5 killed, 40 injured in terror assault outside British parliament

Haider Ali 11:06 AM | 23 Mar, 2017
5 killed, 40 injured in terror assault outside British parliament
LONDON -  At least five people were killed in a suspected terrorist attack outside the British parliament, by an attacker who was shot dead by armed police, here on Wednesday.

According to Britain's top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley, three civilians were killed on Westminster Bridge after the attacker mowed down pedestrians in a car. A police officer was also left dead in the incident that shocked the international community.

Apart from the casualties, the severity of the attack could be gauged from the fact that the incident left 40 people injured as well.

According to eyewitnesses, the attacker rammed into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge and then crashed his car into railings outside the Houses of Parliament. He then ran out with a knife and stabbed an on-duty police officer.

The House of Commons, which was in session at the time was immediately suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside, as law enforcers sealed off the area.

The assailant is said to be of Asian origin and in his early 40s. However, there is no official word from police on the identity of the attacker yet. After the incident, a terror alert was issued in the entire country.

British premier, Theresa may condemned the incident and termed it 'sick and depraved'.

'The location of this attack was no accident' she said in a statement issued after an emergency cabinet meeting.

On the other hand, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there would be additional police officers on the city streets to keep Londoners and visitors safe.

"We stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life," he said, "we always have, and we always will. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism," he said.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – Gold prices fell on Wednesday for the third straight day in local markets, after hitting aan all-time high in previous week.

The per tola price of 24 carats gold in Pakistan dropped by Rs2,000 to settle at Rs198,000 while the price of 10 grams decreased by Rs1715 to reach Rs169753.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity witnessed an upward trend as per ounce price reached to $1,880 after an increase of $11 dollars.


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