Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Just 82 Seconds of Bloody Rampage in Central London; A Minute's Silence Held for Fallen

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Just 82 Seconds of Bloody Rampage in Central London; A Minute's Silence Held for Fallen

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Byline: Ellen Whinnett in London, News Corp Australia Network

IT took just 82 seconds for Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood to kill four people and injure 50 before he was shot dead.

The Metropolitan Police have examined CCTV vision frame-be-frame and determined that Masood took just over a minute to bring carnage to central London on Wednesday.

As a result, vehicles barriers were installed around central London at the weekend, with large yellow cage-like structures appearing around Westminster, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

The Met's Counter-Terrorism Command has revealed that Masood turned on to Bridge St, which runs over Westminster Bridge at precisely 2.40.08, where he drove up on to the footpath and began mowing down pedestrians.

Two of his first victims were American tourists Kurt and Melissa Cochran, who were hit as he turned on to the southern end of the bridge, killing Mr Cochran and seriously wounding Mrs Cochran. His bloody rampage along the bridge road and footpath lasted 30 seconds, in which time he had injured 50 people, 31 of who needed treatment in hospital, and another two, Aysha Frade, 43, and Leslie Rhodes, 75, were killed.

At 2.40.38, Masood rammed his car into the wrought-iron perimeter fence of the Parliament building at Westminster, jumping out with two knives and running towards the MPs' entrance known as the Carriage Gates, which were open because a car carrying a senior Met police officer was travelling through the gate.

Once inside the yard, he fatally stabbed unarmed policeman Constable Keith Palmer, although the timeline provided by police does not give a specific. He was shot dead at 2.41.30, exactly 82 seconds after he first drove onto the bridge, when armed police assigned to the protection unit of Defence Minister Sir Michael Fallon opened fire on him. …

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