On Wednesday, Khalid Masood plowed a car into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge. Four people, including an officer, have died along with 40 others being injured. Masood drove the car along the sidewalk taking out pedestrians until he crashed into a fence near the Houses of Parliament. He then jumped out of the vehicle and ran around the street corner where he stabbed Keith Palmer, a police officer, multiple times. Palmer later died. According to Fox News, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack calling Masood an “Islamic State soldier.”
One of Masood’s victims was Kurt Cochran, a man from Utah visiting London with his wife to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. According to BBC, Cochran’s wife was also injured in the attack and is “still in the hospital battling multiple injuries including a broken leg and rib.”
President Trump took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the friends and family of Cochran.
A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017
Fox News reported that eight arrests have been made in connection with the attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is proud of her people for deciding to “Meet as normal” and not allow the terror group to have its victory.
This attack comes on the heels of President Trump’s second travel ban being stricken down. Nigel Farage, known for his support of President Trump during his 2016 candidacy and for being tough on illegal immigration, said on the Fox News show “Hannity” that those protesting travel bans need to have a “long, hard think about what they are doing.” Farage also stated that policies like “extreme vetting” are only common sense.
It is unfortunate that terrorism has almost become a way of life for certain parts of the world. The question is whether this will lead to a stronger opposition of terror from citizens around the world or not. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the attack, and we wish all of England a speedy recovery.