London Attacks: Victims and Attacker Named, ISIS Takes Credit

The London attacks made headlines on Wednesday, March 22, as learned of the sole attacker who stabbed a police officer and ran over innocent civilians. Now the names of the victims and attacker have been released, as ISIS takes credit.

The numbers of deaths were initially unclear. At one point, there were reports of five or six dead. However, it is now confirmed that four people died during the London attacks, one of those was the attacker. All have been named now that families have been informed of the terrible news.

The first victim was PC Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old unarmed police office. He was stabbed by the attacker, while inside the Houses of Parliament gates, according to The Telegraph. MP James Cleverly broke down while sharing his grief about the loss. He had known PC Palmer for 25 years, as they had served in the Royal Artillery together.

Another MP, Tobias Ellwood, was comforted after the London attacks. He had attempted to save PC Palmer’s life after Palmer was stabbed, according to The Daily Express. Photos of him surrounded by people while he tried to perform First Aid on the victim were quickly shared throughout the world.

Brendan Cox, husband of murdered police officer Jo Cox, took to Twitter to say that PC Palmer will be the name he remembers from the London attacks. He refuses to allow the attacker to be remembered after the atrocities he caused. Jo Cox had been killed by right-wing extremists in her home town last June while on duty.

Ashya Frade was the next victim in the attack. British born, Frade was leaving DLD College, close to Westminster Bridge, at the time of the attack. She was picking up her two children from school, crossing the bridge when the attacker raced towards her.

Kurt Cochran was the last victim. The 54-year-old American tourist was walking on Westminster Bridge and was mowed down by the car and died of his injuries. He was with his wife Melissa, who was also hit by the car. Melissa suffered injuries but they are not believed to be critical. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to share his condolences after hearing the news.

Many others were injured in the attack. There was a group of French students walking on the bridge at the time, along with many local workers and tourists. A woman from Romania fell into the River Thames during the attack, but was pulled out safely.

The Houses of Parliament were placed under lockdown right away, with Prime Minister Theresa May taken straight to No. 10 to host a COBRA meeting.

The attacker has been named as Islam extremist Khalid Masood. He was British-born and was known by security forces for his extremist views. The 52-year-old was shot by armed police to prevent him from causing more harm, but was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

ISIS has since taken credit for the attack. Police have also raided homes around the UK, including addresses in London and Birmingham. So far eight people have been arrested as suspected terrorists and suspected of preparing terrorist attacks, a mixture of ages and genders.

Facebook has set up the “safe” function for those who are in or around London. People are encouraged to use it to highlight to their friends and family that they are indeed safe after the devastating attacks.

France’s Eiffel Tower lights were turned off at midnight as a sign of respect for the fallen. German also lit up the Brandenburg Gate with the Union Flag, while people shared #PrayforLondon posts on social media.

Update: A fourth victim has been named. Leslie Rhodes, 74, was injured during the attack and died from those injuries in hospital Thursday night. His neighbor, Michael Carney, spent the whole time at his bedside to play music. Rhodes had no family and Carney, who had known the victim for 40 years, couldn’t let him die alone.

More arrests were also made overnight. One woman has since been released on bail.

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