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Tragedy in Westminster

This terrorist attack has resulted in the largest toll of victims since the attack on 7/7

By Pauline Neville-Jones  

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The intelligence agencies and the police have long considered the Houses of Parliament to be a prime terrorist target. Over time the perimeter protection given to the Palace of Westminster—the physical bollards outside the building; the closure of some points of entry; the increasing access control of those entries remaining and the routine and inescapable security checking of everyone coming in—all this has been part of the daily life. Security precautions inside the building are also extensive and systematic.

The limited—albeit horrifying—casualties that the assailant (who…

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