Some unarmed officers fled in ‘understandable’ reaction to knife-wielding terrorist, hears inquest

Armed officers were “nowhere to be seen” when a terrorist wielding two foot-long knives cut down PC Keith Palmer in scenes likened to a horror film, an inquest heard.

Khalid Masood, 52, repeatedly stabbed PC Palmer at the gates to the Palace of Westminster and appeared “animated and frenzied” as he headed towards the MPs’ entrance looking for more victims.

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