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Terror-hit UK mulls limiting public access to parliament

Four people were killed and 40 others were injured in Wednesday’s attack when a man who first drove a car into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer.

Four people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain’s parliament. Picture: CNN

LONDON – British authorities say it’s now up to the government to decide whether citizens should have access to Parliament following a terror attack in which four people were killed.

Forty others were injured in Wednesday’s attack when a man who first drove a car into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer.

The attacker was shot dead moments later.

London’s acting deputy Police Commissioner Mark Rowley says: “I think it’s too early to talk about matters like that. I know our parliamentarians will say they want an open democracy and the balance between protection and the ability of the public to have access is really important.

“I think that’s something for them to consider with us for the next coming days.”

The suspect drove a car into pedestrians walking along Westminster Bridge, crashed it and then ran up to stab a police officer guarding parliament.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the location of the attack was carefully chosen and has described it as sick and depraved.

“We’ll come together as normal, never allowing the voices of hate and evils to drive us apart.”

Police say extra officers will be on patrol today across London and the identity of the attacker is believed to be known.

The policeman who died has been named as Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old father and husband.

While London Mayor Sadiq Khan has assured the city remains safe, world leaders have sent condolences and have offered support.

WATCH: Witnesses describe 'horrendous' London attack

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)