Four people, including an assailant and a police officer, were killed today in an attack at the Houses of Parliament that authorities say was an act of terrorism.
Ministers of Parliament were locked in after police shot and killed a man who reportedly ran at the gates by Parliament square and stabbed an officer. Moments earlier, a car had run five people over on nearby Westminster Bridge, leaving at least two dead and twenty injured.
Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair an emergency meeting of ministers today, writes the BBC.
BBC Radio 5 reports that "around three shots" were heard.
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Two suspects are in custody after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec mosque, killing six and injuring eight. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned it as an act of terrorism aimed at the Muslim community.
"It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear," Trudeau said in a statement.
The identities of the suspects have not yet been released. Nor have authorities identified a motive in the attack on some 40-50 worshipers gathered at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre. Mass shootings in Canada are rare, reports USA Today.
It comes amid heightened tensions worldwide over President Trump’s ban on admitting refugees and travel restrictions on certain Muslim countries.
"Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country," Trudeau said in his statement. "Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance."
At least one news outlet mistakenly reported that two white supremacists were identified as the shooters, sourcing the details to a fake Reuters Twitter account. CBC News reports that the attackers were masked, had Québécois accents, and yelled "Allahu akbar" as they fired upon praying congregants. A witness told them that...
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"... the bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head.
The above clip from a U.K. television show compiles dashcam footage of turkeys attacking police officers. It continues below:
The following video of a terrified reporter being pursued by a turkey is even better.
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The BBC reports that several blasts hit the airport and a metro station in Brussels, killing at least
26 34 people (Updated below).
Two blasts hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, and another struck Maelbeek metro station an hour later.
The government has not confirmed casualty numbers. Brussels transport officials say 15 died at Maelbeek and media say up to 13 died at the airport.
Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level.
The attack comes days after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, described as the main fugitive outstanding from the Paris attacks that claimed 130 lives in November.
Update: An ISIS-affiliated group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, reports ABC News. At least 34 are reported dead: 14 at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and 20 in and around a platform at Maelbeek subway station. Some 180 people are reportedly injured.
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On May 10th, a completely naked man entered the 16th street BART station in San Francisco and began attacking people, spitting, urinating and doing gymnastics moves on railings and turnstiles. BART police eventually shut down the station to arrest the man.
Yesterday, this NSFW video of the incident hit YouTube. Be warned that it's no joke: it's a naked man attacking vulnerable passers-by in public. Read the rest
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