March 22, 2017 / 6:02 PM / 5 months ago

UK finance minister says shocked by attack outside parliament

Armed police respond outside Parliament during an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain March 22, 2017.Stefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond said he was shocked by an attack outside parliament in London on Wednesday that left at least two dead, the first such reaction from a senior government official.

"Shocked by the attack around Parliament. Thoughts with the victims of this horrific attack," Hammond said on Twitter.

An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain's parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a "terrorist incident".

Reporting by UK bureau, writing by Andy Bruce; editing by Costas Pitas

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