Article by Caroline Wolf | esPResso Staff Writer
On Wednesday, a terrifying scene unfolded on Westminster Bridge in London. The attack began just before 3:00 P.M. when Khalid Masood drove a vehicle into the crowd, injuring bystanders and police officers. Masood drove into the railings surrounding the House of Parliament, creating chaos and destruction.
Masood left the vehicle and stabbed a police officer. The police opened fire subsequently killing Masood, leaving many injured in his aftermath. Prime Minister Theresa May was evacuated immediately, and President Donald Trump extended his condolences to Prime Minister May and the citizens of London.
People quickly took to social media forums to discuss the incident, which is being deemed a terrorist attack. Many also extended condolences but also discussed the international security implications. This attack comes at a time when the U.S. is undergoing a contentious debate about our national security. President Trump is attempting to implement heavy vetting and travel bans in order to secure the safety of our country. Terrorist attacks like the one in London, although rare, raise alarms and heighten the already growing tensions.
In reaction to the attack, London Muslims raised over $3,500 in support of the victims and their families. This olive branch is to combat the xenophobia that occurs after such attacks, especially in London and the U.S. Fortunately, many are working to protect the safety of Muslims in London and educate those who may be worried about their safety.
By mid-afternoon on Thursday, the death toll had climbed to four people and ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack. Many are still being treated for injuries. People have extended their support with #PrayforLondon on Twitter and people in London were able to use the app to check-in if they were safe and send messages to friends and family. These devastating events are always heartbreaking and London officials are working to ensure civilian safety and prevent any future attacks.