Monday 23 October 2017

A willingness to kill, and be killed, shows a mindset almost impossible to confront

Candle lights on Westminster Bridge, where the terror attack took place. Photo: AP
Candle lights on Westminster Bridge, where the terror attack took place. Photo: AP

Gerard O'Regan

I just happened to be travelling on the London underground when first reports of the terror outrage on Westminster Bridge began to trend on social media.

Within minutes we were informed our train would not be stopping at Westminster station - it soon became clear this was part of a massive, well planned and well co-ordinated security clampdown in the event of such an attack.

Walking towards the scene of the assault, helicopters hovered overhead, while hundreds of policemen, many armed, blocked various access points to the bridge.

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