Gunshots reported outside UK Parliament

The China Post news staff and AFP

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Shots were reported to have been fired close to the UK Parliament building on Wednesday. According to the BBC, gunshots were reported outside the ouses of Parliament in central London. “Politicians and journalists have tweeted about hearing loud crashes outside the buildings,” the BBC reported. BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said “police told her someone had been shot. She said MPs had told her they heard “three or four gunshots”. The Houses of Parliament were in lockdown after staff said they heard shots fired, triggering a security alert. “We were called at approx 2:40 pm to reports of an incident at Westminster Bridge. Being treated as a firearms incident — police on the scene,” police said on Twitter. A staff member in parliament who did not want to be named told AFP: “I definitely heard shots. I saw someone in dark clothing go down.”