>> Five people dead and roughly 40 injured Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and the suspected attacker stabbed a policeman outside Britain's Parliament.>> I will not comment on this stage at the identity of the attacker, but our working assumption is that he was inspired by international terrorism.
>> London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, vowing to protect the city.>> My message to those who want to harm us and destroy our way of life is, you won't succeed. You won't divide us. We won't be cowed by terrorists.>> Reuters TV's Mia Warmsley is reporting on the ground in Westminster.
>> It all began when a car came careering down the bridge behind me across the River Thames and crashed into several people. A Reuters' photographer says he witnessed dozens of people lying on the floor, some, heavily bleeding. There are also reports of a woman who was pulled alive, but seriously injured out of the River Thames.
It then seems that the assailant managed to make his way into the Houses of Parliament. He had a knife and MPs say they witnessed him stabbing a policeman. He was then shot, they report hearing three or four gunshots, and the assailant was killed. Britain is on its second highest alert level, that's one of severe, which suggests that a militant attack is highly likely.
Now members of the public are being told to stay away from this area, and also to remain especially vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. All of this, of course, happening exactly a year to the day of the attacks in Belgium, carried out by Islamic State, in which 32 people died.
>> In Paris, the Eiffel Tower lights were switched off at midnight in solidarity with London.