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Say what you like about the police in the Houses of Parliament; they are there to protect us and today one of them gave up their life in the exercise of that duty.

A police officer died after being stabbed by a suspected terrorist who drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing it through the railings outside Parliament and then trying to enter the Palace of Westminster armed with a knife.

It is believed this person stabbed a police officer before being shot by other, armed police, and dying from the wounds inflicted in this way.

Two bystanders have also died, and at least 20 others have been injured – some with “catastrophic” wounds. Several French students were among the injured.

A woman was rescued from the Thames with serious injuries, after she apparently jumped or fell from the bridge.

For what?

At the time of writing, no organisation has come forward to take responsibility for this.

What could they possibly say, if they did?

Terrorists only ever seem to make two claims: That they are liberating oppressed people, or that they are taking revenge against oppression.

Does anybody really think that the deceased wanted to be liberated – as terrorists would call it – from their lives? I don’t.

And how many people are the French students guilty of oppressing? Nobody.

All that has happened is that a stupid, selfish, misguided individual has increased the sum of human misery today, for no reason at all.

What a waste.

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