Tuesday, June 25

Mum killed in London terror attack as she picked up her kids from school



One of the victims of the Westminster terror attack has been named as 43-year-old mum of two Aysha Frade, according to reports in Spanish newspapers.

The mum is believed to have been killed as she went to pick up her children aged eight and 11 from school.

She is said to have taught Spanish at a a college near the scene of the massacre, named in Spain as DLD College London.

Part of the mum’s family come from Betanzos, near the Galician city of La Coruna.

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Her family started receiving calls from London informing them firstly that her documentation had been found on Westminster Bridge, El Confidencial reports.

Hours later, her death was reportedly confirmed.

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As Aysha had a British passport, the Spanish Embassy had initially said there were no national victims. But soon after it was announced that among the dead was a woman of Spanish origin.

Her older sisters, reported as Silvia and Michelle, run an English school in Betanzos and she has other friends and family in the area, the birthplace of her mum.

Students at the school were phoned yesterday, informing them of the bad news, and telling them that classes would be suspended.

Spanish papers said Aysha whose dad is thought to be from Cyrus – was born in Britain and had a Portuguese husband called John Frade.

Her name before marrying is said to have been Aysha Ahmet Caldelas.

Andres Hermida, a local councillor in Betanzos, said today:

Betanzos has suffered a terrible blow because of the scourge of terrorism.

Our most sincere condolences to the family of Aysha, a woman originally form Betanzos murdered in London.

Several relatives are reportedly travelling to Britain today.

A friend in Betanzos said: She loved coming here and spending time with friends and relatives.

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These Birmingham schoolchildren were stood on the site of a terrorist incident just minutes before disaster struck.

The children, who were on Westminster Bridge ahead of today’s attack, are safe and well it has been confirmed.

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They were safely inside Parliament with their MP Jess Phillips as the afternoon’s tragic events unfolded.

An image of the group from Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Small Heath posed happily on the bridge was posted on social media just 20 minutes before a car mounted the pavement and mowed down several people.

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They had been sightseeing in London and the school’s Twitter account posted photographs of them smiling at Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.

Head Teacher for Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Peter Foley, said: “All the children on the school trip are safe and their parents have been informed of the situation. The deputy head teacher is with the children and is providing me with regular updates.”

His comment came after councillor John O’Shea (Lab, Acocks Green) had allayed fears by reporting that children and staff from the school were safe.

A police Land Rover pulls a car transporter alongside the scene where a grey vehicle crashed into the railings of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on March 22, 2017, in the aftermath of a terror incident.

At least three people were killed and 20 injured in a terrorist attack in the heart of London Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge, then stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot dead.

Police guarding the iconic House of Commons building shot the man but several people were left with catastrophic injuries on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic junction popular with tourists with views of Big Ben.

A police Land Rover pulls a car transporter alongside the scene where a grey vehicle crashed into the railings of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on March 22, 2017, in the aftermath of a terror incident.

He said: They were on the bridge shortly before it happened. But were a pleased that everyone from the school is safe and OK. The headteacher is busy contacting parents to let them know that they are safe but warning they may be delayed getting home.”

They missed their scheduled train home, but following a request from their MP Jess Phillips (Lab, Yardley), Virgin Trains confirmed the group would stilll be able to travel on a later train.