After The Fact: London Attack

After The Fact: London Attack

Kafui Sakyi-Addo, Writer

On March 22 at approximately 2:40 pm, Khalid Masood drove through Westminster Bridge and ran over multiple civilians, before crashing his SUV outside of the Palace of Westminster and stabbing a police officer before being shot and killed. There are seventeen people in the hospital at the moment, one of them in critical condition.

It is still unsure if Masood was working with anyone, although 12 have been arrested and are being investigated. One nearby neighbor of Masood was arrested by police soon after the attack.

In an interview with The Guardian, Raveena Rull, a witness of the raid of the neighbor’s home said, “It was really scary – there were guns everywhere. You don’t know what’s going on and it’s just mad. He was smiling as he was arrested with the whole road blocked off.”

This attack comes just one year after the 2016 Brussels bombing on the same day, which many don’t see as a coincidence. The last terror attack to cause so many casualties on London ground were the London 2005 bombings.

While mourning the loss of several lives, and praying and hoping for recovery for the 50 that were injured, there has been a large amount of support and comfort for those that were killed or injured and their families.

Earlier today, a group of Muslim women stood (many of them wearing blue to symbolize peace and unity), linking arms, along the Westminster Bridge to show support for the victims. They were joined by a group of supporters who all took a five-minute moment of silence when Big Ben struck 4’ o clock.

This was organized by the Women’s March on London after a picture of a woman in an Islamic head covering crossing the bridge after the attack went viral, many criticizing her for what was viewed as a general indifference to the events that had just occurred.

The woman in the photograph spoke about the photo on Friday, saying, “My thoughts at that moment were one of sadness, fear, and concern. What the image does not show is that I had talked to other witnesses to try and find out what was happening, to see if I could be of any help… My thoughts go out to all the victims and their families.”

Hopefully, more ways are found to show support to the families of those who passed away in the attack, and that we someday realize that we are all a part of the same species that live on the same Earth, we need to get along with each other and support one another.