PHOTO: Big Ben and Westminster Abbey at night. (photo via Flickr/neurotic_buddha)
Update: 10:44 p.m. EDT
New York City police this afternoon increased security at British sites across Manhattan, including the British Consulate and the British Mission to the United Nations, with well-armed officers and bomb-sniffing dogs.
NYPD did the same thing previously after attacks in Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino, Calif.
In the meantime, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement on the attack in London: “We strongly condemn today’s attack in London. I was shocked and saddened to learn of the innocent people who were killed and injured as a result of this cowardly attack.
"Canada and the U.K. are the closest of friends and allies. Our friendship is based on shared values and history – indeed, Canada’s Parliament is a descendant of the Chamber targeted this morning. Today’s attack on the U.K. Parliament is an attack on democracies around the world. The Canadian Parliament withstood a similar attack not so long ago by those who sought to instilll fear and divide Canadians against themselves. Instead, Canadians came together. I am confident the British people will do the same, and will emerge from their grief stronger and more united than ever before.
"On behalf of all Canadians, I offer our full support to Prime Minister May and to the people of the United Kingdom. We stand ready to offer all possible assistance to the British government, to do what we can to bring to justice those responsible for this heinous act. Canadians stand united with the British people in the fight against terrorism. We will continue to work together with the U.K. and all our allies to show the world that freedom and democracy will always triumph.”
Update: 6:53 EST
NBC News confirms that one more person has lost their life as a result of the attack near the British Parliament. The amount injured has reached 40.
At least four people have been killed, with at least another 20 people injured following a terrorist attack Wednesday in London.
According to NBCNews.com, a suspect drove a vehicle through a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman, before crashing into a railing. The suspect then allegedly stabbed a police officer with a knife before he was shot by authorities.
The suspect was killed in front of British Parliament, and the attack took place near several of London’s most well-known tourist destinations. Police confirmed that an officer, two civilians and the suspect had all been killed in the incident.
Authorities also revealed that a woman was pulled from the River Thames with serious injuries, with United Kingdom finance minister Philip Hammond calling the attack “horrific.”
“There were some with minor injuries, some catastrophic,” Colleen Anderson of St. Thomas' Hospital told The Associated Press. “Some had injuries they could walk away from or who have life-changing injuries.”
Witnesses claim they saw a car plow into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and the images on social media show several people lying on the ground following the attack. Another witness claims he saw the man get out of the car and begin stabbing a police officer before running toward the House of Commons.
As the suspect tried to enter the House, police shot him several times.
“We saw loads of people ducking down,” a witness named George Nuth told NBC News. “It must've been a tour group, around 20 or 30 people, and police or security were telling people to run. A policeman said to us: 'Stop dawdling if you don't want to get shot.'”
CNN shared a video of tourists stranded on the London Eye during the attack:
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also commented on the attack:
Travelpulse will update as more information is known.