Woman dies in British parliament attack

Several people are reported to have suffered catastrophic injuries after a man appears to have driven a car into numerous people along Westminster Bridge.

Members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London, on 22 March 2017 during an emergency incident. Picture: AFP.

LONDON – It's being reported a woman has died following what is being described as a terrorist attack outside the British parliament.

Police and emergency services remain on the scene, while London mayor Sadiq Khan says his thoughts are with the victims and their families.

A man appears to have driven a car into numerous people along Westminster Bridge and was then shot after stabbing a police officer outside parliament.

A man who was inside parliament says he witnessed a man attacking the police officers.

“We heard a few rounds of gunfire and all got pretty panicked. I assume that was the armed police, who patrol parliament, taking aim at the attacker.”

There is no confirmation of how many people were hurt on the bridge, but it’s being reported some suffered "catastrophic" injuries.

Mayor Khan says an investigation has been launched and police and paramedics showed tremendous bravery.

Earlier, London police have appealed to people to avoid the area of what is for now being treated as a terrorist attack to allow emergency service to assist those injured.

A nearby underground station has been closed and a House of Commons session that was underway has been suspended as parliament remains on lockdown.

French government has confirmed that three French school girls are among at least 10 people who've been injured in the attack.

Officials say the children were part of a group of 90 that were in London this afternoon for a school outing.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)