Indonesians in London asked to remain vigilant following attack

Injured people are assisted after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017.
PHOTO: Reuters

The Indonesian Embassy in London has asked Indonesians in the capital to remain vigilant following a terrorist attack around London's Westminster area on Wednesday afternoon local time.

Through its social media channels, the embassy also asked Indonesians to obey the London Metropolitan Police's call on people to avoid Westminster and surrounding areas, including Parliament Square, Whitehall, Lambeth Bridge, Victoria Street up to Broadway and Victoria Embankment.

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Posted by Indonesian Embassy - London,UK on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Indonesian citizens who happen to be in London are asked to maintain communications with fellow Indonesians and avoid travelling through those areas," the embassy stated.

Indonesians who are in trouble or with knowledge of other Indonesians who are in trouble following the incident are urged to immediately inform the Indonesian Embassy in London through the hotline +44 (0) 7881221235.

At least five were killed and 20 were injured during the attack.

4 killed, 40 injured in Britain Westminster Bridge attack

  • Aysha Frade, a mother who was run down and killed, was on her way to pick up her children.
  • Policeman Keith Palmer was killed during the terror incident at the Houses of Parliament. AFP PHOTO / Metropolitan Police Service
  • Kurt Cochran from Utah in the United States has been named as the third victim.
  • 4 people were killed and 40 injured after being run over and stabbed in a lightning attack at the gates of British democracy on Wednesday attributed by police to "Islamist-related terrorism".
  • The attack unfolded across Westminster Bridge in the shadow of Big Ben, a towering landmark that draws tourists by the millions and stands over Britain's Houses of Parliament - the very image of London.
  • The attacker's car struck pedestrians on the bridge before crashing into the railings surrounding the heavily-guarded Houses of Parliament, sowing first shock then panic in the seat of British power.
  • The assailant then ran through the gates brandishing a knife and stabbed a 48-year-old policeman to death before being shot dead by another officer.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as "sick and depraved" and said that "the terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city" in an attack on Britain's democratic values.
  • Standing outside her Downing Street residence after an emergency cabinet meeting, May voiced defiance and said parliament would meet as normal on Thursday, while Britain's alert level would be kept unchanged.
  • "We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart," said May, who was dressed in black.
  • Britain's top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said the four victims included a policeman guarding parliament and three members of the public.
  • "Islamist-related terrorism is our assumption," Rowley told journalists, adding investigators believe they know the identity of the assailant who was shot dead by police.
  • The attack came a year to the day after Islamic State jihadists killed 32 people in twin bomb attacks in Brussels and after a series of deadly assaults in Europe that had hitherto spared Britain.
  • Parliament was locked down for several hours and hundreds of lawmakers and visitors were later evacuated to nearby Westminster Abbey and the headquarters of London's Metropolitan Police.
  • An air ambulance flew in and police cordoned off a large area, while tourists on the London Eye, a popular visitor attraction, were stuck up to 135 metres in the air for more than an hour during the incident.
  • "I saw three bodies lying on the ground and a whole lot of police. It was pretty terrifying," said Jack Hutchinson, 16, from the United States, who was stranded on the observation wheel with his parents.
  • Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood, whose brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali bombing, was pictured with his face smeared with blood helping to give first aid to the fatally wounded police officer.
  • US President Donald Trump and French President Francois Hollande both spoke to May and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany stood with Britons "against all forms of terrorism".
  • Social media users shared an altered image of a London Underground sign reading "We Are Not Afraid" and the hashtag #PrayforLondon trended on Twitter.
  • May was in parliament at the time of the attack and was seen being ushered away in a silver car as what sounded like gunfire rang out, British media reported.
  • Three French pupils on a school trip were among those hurt and a seriously injured woman was rescued from the River Thames following the incident.
  • Five South Korean tourists were wounded, the Yonhap news agency reported, while the Romanian foreign ministry said two Romanians were also injured.
  • A doctor at nearby St Thomas' Hospital said they were treating people with "catastrophic" injuries.
  • British lawmaker Mary Creagh told AFP there was "a real sense of panic" as the attack unfolded.
  • Polish former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski was in a taxi on the bridge and said a car "mowed down at least five people... one of them bleeding profusely".
  • Three shots were heard on video footage.

A vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others with injuries described as catastrophic.

Around the same time on Wednesday, a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain's parliament, sending the compound into lockdown, the Associated Press reported.

"The Indonesian Embassy in London is safe. Consular services at the embassy's new office at 30 Great Peter Street SW1P 2BU are normal," the embassy states.

There were around 10,000 Indonesians currently residing in the United Kingdom, of which more than 2,000 were students, according to the embassy's data in 2015.

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