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Police make eighth arrest after London attack

Four people died, including the gunman, and at least 40 others were injured, seven of them in a critical condition in Wednesday's attack.

Armed British police patrol outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London, following a terrorist attack on 22 March 2017. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – London police have made another arrest, bringing to eight the number of suspects now in custody for the deadly attack near the British parliament on Wednesday.

Seven people were arrested earlier on Thursday following six raids in Westminster.

Four people died, including the gunman, and at least 40 others were injured, with seven of them in a critical condition.

The authorities say the attacker drove his car into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer. He was later shot dead.

London police say more arrests are expected in connection with the terror attack.

The Metropolitan Police Service's Mark Rowley says police had searched addresses in London, Birmingham and other parts of the country in their investigation.

He said there was a mix of nationalities among the dead but gave no details. The victims were a policeman who was stabbed and two members of the public, a woman in her mid-40s and a man in his mid-50s.

The fourth casualty was the assailant.

Police believe they know the identity of the attacker but have not named him.

Graphic illustrating events at the British parliament in London on Wednesday.

The attack on Wednesday started when the assailant sped across Westminster Bridge in a car, ramming pedestrians along the way. He then ran towards parliament and stabbed the policeman before he was shot.

Three French high-school students aged 15 or 16, who were on a school trip to London with fellow students from Brittany, were among the injured.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was expected to arrive in London to visit them at hospital, French media reported.

Westminster Bridge remained cordoned off with a strong police presence. The nearby Westminster underground train station, normally a busy hub in the morning rush hour, was not accessible from street level as it was within the cordon.

WATCH: Witnesses describe 'horrendous' London attack

Prime Minister Theresa May has called the policeman who died in the line of duty a hero.

In a televised address, May told the nation that Britain’s resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism.

She also thanked Britain’s friends around the world for standing with her country.

Additional police officers have been deployed to step up patrols on the streets of London.

Parliament was due to convene later in what May said late on Wednesday was a sign that the attack would not disrupt British democracy or normal life in the capital.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)