London terror attack may have been timed to coincide with Brussels bombings
Julian King, European Union commissioner for security, claimed the killer’s use of a vehicle as a weapon fits the pattern of behaviour seen in previous terror attacks in Europe.
Mr King said: “I don’t think it was a complete accident that this attack took place on the first anniversary of the Brussels attacks.
“The methodology of the attacker fits into a pattern of behaviour which we’ve seen before, which we witnessed in Nice last year and again in Berlin shortly before Christmas, with the transformation of a vehicle into a weapon.
“What we already knew before this latest attack is that the terrorist threat remains extremely high across Europe.
“An attack which finished at the UK parliament is an attack on our democracy and I think that is felt and a shared understanding right across the European Union.”
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4 dead and 40 injured in Westminster terror attack
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Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services attend to a police officer outside the Palace of Westminster, London
In July last year 86 people were killed when a lorry ploughed into a large crowd watching a fireworks display in Nice to mark Bastille Day.
Months later a terrorist drove a lorry into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more.
A plume of smoke covered Brussels airport after bombs were detonated
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Khalid Masood, 52, an ex-convict from Birmingham, killed four and injured 40 as he mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing policeman Keith Palmer outside the Palace of Westminster.
Mr King added: “We can and will continue to make further attacks as difficult and unlikely as we can.”
EU leaders have sent messages of support to Britain in the wake of the atrocity.
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The Brussels airport and Metro bombings in pictures, including the aftermath of the tragic scenes.
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A member of the civil protection holds his face in his hands as he come back from the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels
President Francois Hollande said France could identify with the UK’s pain after the attack as it was revealed at least three French high school students were injured during the rampage.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany stood “firmly and resolutely alongside Britons in the struggle against all forms of terrorism”.