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Knifeman shot outside UK parliament

A car has crashed into the gates outside the UK Parliament.

POLICE have shot a knife-wielding man outside the UK Houses of Parliament after he stabbed an officer, amid reports that a car has mowed down dozens of pedestrians on the nearby Westminster Bridge.

London police say they are treating the incident “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise”.

The building, in the heart of London, has been locked down and Parliament has been suspended.

Witnesses said a vehicle struck several people on the bridge, and photos showed a car ploughed into railings.

A witness at Parliament told The Sun: “We heard a loud bang, lots of shouting and men running around.

“Someone rushed through, attacked a policeman.

“He appeared to be carrying a knife or a gun. We then heard gunfire, five or six rounds.

“The man approached one of the police officers with a knife.”

Prime Minister Theresa May was at Parliament when the incident began, but her office says she is safe.

The leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, said an assailant at Parliament was shot and that there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.”

Journalists were told to stay in their offices.

George Eaton, a journalist with the New Statesman, said that from the window of Parliament’s Press Gallery, he saw police shoot a man who charged at officers.

“A large crowd was seen fleeing the man before he entered the parliamentary estate,” he wrote on the publication’s website. “After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.”

Political editor of London’s Daily Telegraph, Christopher Hope, said he heard a loud explosion on Westminster Bridge and saw the public running away.

“Gun shots outside. Frightening,” he wrote online.

Helicopter landing on Parliament Square with emergency services. pic.twitter.com/g3LqOwp6bR

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 22, 2017

Police officer reportedly down after three or four shots fired within Parliament https://t.co/G2qfNqh3Os pic.twitter.com/pN1clCiJA0

— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 22, 2017

Man receiving medical attention outside Westminster Hall. I heard loud explosion on Westminster bridge. Public running away

— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) March 22, 2017

Shots fired outside Parliament. Loud explosion then shooting. Man lying shot outside gates to Parliament. Gun shots outside, Frightening.

— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) March 22, 2017 Police on the scene after sounds similar to gunfire were heard close to the Houses of Parliament in London. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA via AP A police officer sets up a police cordon outside the Houses of Parliament in central London. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas

— with wires