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breaking news tonight, terror attack in london. at least four dead, 20 injured as a man goes on a rampage barrelling a car through a crowd of people, fatally stabbing a police officer inside the gates of parliament. heroes leaping into action. tonight, who's behind it? life support. the gop health care bill in grave condition as more republicans defect. the white house says there's no plan b. final drama before tomorrow's vote. trump's surveillance bombshell. new revelations throwing the future of the congressional russia investigation into doubt. shocking call for help. a 9-year-old girl pleads with 911 from the back seat of her car. her parents in the front passed out from a suspected heroin overdose.
91 years young and still on duty. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. it is an especially busy news day, both here at home and abroad, which is where we start tonight with the deadly terror attack in london just outside of parliament. the attacker plowing his car into pedestrians in the city's westminster bridge in the shadow of big bend, turning the iconic span into a scene of carnage. before he stormed the gates of parliament itself, leading to a deadly encounter with police and forcing lawmakers and others to race for cover. tonight, the attacker and four others, including a police officer, are dead. at least 40 others, some school children, were injured. a gruesome scene in the heart of london and that's where bill neely starts our coverage. >> reporter: at the very heart of britain's democracy, murder and terror.
outside parliament. tourists among hundreds running for their lives. the suspected killer and a policeman getting medical help moments after the final attack. the car he drove as a weapon still smoking. it began around 2:40 this afternoon. he had first accelerated across westminster bridge towards big bend, driving onto the sidewalk, zigzagging to hit people. he then headed straight for the palace of westminster crashing into railings and more people before running through parliament's gate and attacking police. stabbing an unarmed officer. >> it looks like he was stabbing him repeatedly. he then somehow got up and began running forward. >> reporter: armed police then opened fire, crowds running as shots rang out. the gunshots heard by lawmakers inside. >> we were heading towards the voting lobbies and what we
it was three shots rang out. >> reporter: the attacker was surrounded and disarmed. at least one knife clearly visible on the ground beside him. yards away, a british foreign minister now being hailed a hero tried to revive the dying policeman. fearing another attack, britain's parliament was in lockdown. >> i am now going to suspend the sitting of the house. this house is now suspended but please wait here. >> reporter: other lawmakers were ordered to run. high above the attack, tourists were stuck on the london eye before they were rescued and rushed away past the bridge where around 20 people lay injured, tourists among them. buses and cars are still abandoned on westminster bridge. the killer driving his car across it and into parliament behind me. armed police here still on high alert to prevent any other attack. britain's prime minister was evacuated. tonight, she was somber and defiant. >>
move forward together, never giving in to terror. >> reporter: british police now say they know who the attacker was and they believe islamist-related terrorism is behind it. there will be extra police on these streets in the next few days. the officer who died was 48, a husband and a father. lester? >> bill neely in london tonight, thanks. in today's attack, there appears to be part of a growing and troubling pattern of terrorists using vehicles as a comparatively low-tech tactic weapon to sew fear and death. what can authorities do to stop them? for more, we turn to nbc's foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: today's attack in london is the new calling card for a low-tech terror strike, turning a vehicle into a battering ram followed by an armed assault. in their propaganda, both isis and al qaeda have been callin
attack. why? there's little or no training required, no sophisticated weapons or traceable chemicals to acquire and no bombs that are hard to make. >> ultimately, you have individuals that are literally intent of going on their own, as what seems to have happened today, and it's really difficult. >> reporter: difficult to prevent, like this attacker who swerved into a crowd in jerusalem. the tactic has been used at least eight times since 2014. in nice, france, a driver killed 86 people with a truck on bastille day. in berlin, a man rammed a christmas market killing 11. and in ohio, a suspected isis-inspired extremist drove onto a crowded sidewalk and came out slashing until police shot him dead. and for now, the best defense against such attacks is similarly low tech. in new york city, the police department used dumptrucks filled with sand to block off access to the macy's thanksgiving day parade after isis threatened a ramming
[000:05:59;00] happened. the u.s. has thousands of troops deployed overseas and spent spends billions on drones but they are of little use to stop a car or a knife. for that, old-fashion security seems to work best. cops, barriers and a little luck. lester? >> richard engel, thanks. here now to explore the challenge of preventing such attack, i'm joined by senior national security analyst juan zarate. juan, you look at wa happened in london. obviously it can happen anywhere. how concerned are you about this inspiring others and what can be done to stop it? >> lester, i think this is the new age of terror and we've got to worry about it. we have to worry about large-scale attacks, coordinated attacks by al qaeda and the islamic state and we've seen these kinds of attacks in europe and other parts of the world inspiring deranged individuals and radicalized followers to actually kill fellow citizens
with with high impact. so i think we've got to be worried about it. >> have our counterterrorism officials been able to pivot towards this new level of warfare? >> they have been very good at going after high-end, high-scale networks and cells that are trying to attack major cites. what's more difficult is defending against attacks against soft targets, individuals who are radicalized and who decide they want to attack fellow citizens. that's more difficult, certainly, and certainly requires a more preventative strategy that we're now just adapting to. we need to get there quickly because the terrorists are adapting just as quickly. >> juan zarate, appreciate your insight. thank you. now to the stunning new claims from the republican chair of the house intelligence committee who said today communications from the trump transition team and possibly the president were legally and, quote, incidentally collected by u.s. intelligence but he says there's still no evidence that president obama wiretapped mr. trump, as he had claimed. and now democrats are
firing back with their nbc's peter alexander has details. >> reporter: tonight, president trump says he feels vindicated. >> i somewhat do. i must tell you, i somewhat do. i very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found. >> reporter: after the republican head of the house intelligence committee who advised mr. trump's transition team dropped this bombshell. >> i have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, i guess at least monitored and disseminated out. >> reporter: none of it rebuking president trump's claim that he was wiretapped by president obama, including from devin nunes himself. and the fbi director. >> i have no information that supports those tweets. >> reporter: devin
nunes says the intelligence was all legally collected after the election and not related to the trump campaign associates and not picked up through surveillance directed at mr. trump or his aides. what he says is alarming that the names of some trump team members may have been improperly revealed or unmasked. >> outraged nunes went to the president before briefing him. >> the chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct or he is going to act as a surrogate of the white house because he cannot do both. >> reporter: nunes tonight defiant. appropriate for you to brief president trump as he's part of the investigation? >> the president needs to know these intelligence reports are out there. >> a lot of people are going to be suspicious. the president is on the ropes. there's a justice department investigation and he's throwing a lifeline by the chairman of the house intelligence committee. >> reporter: tonight, the house intelligence committee top democrat is amping up the stakes telling nbc news there's more than circumstantial
evidence of collusion associates and russian operatives. lester? >> peter alexander at the white house tonight, thank you. and there's more drama in washington. a day before the critical vote in the house on the gop obamacare replacement. tonight, more republicans say they are going to vote "no" but the white house says this is the bill and there is no plan b. not to be forgotten in all of this, millions of americans wondering what's going to happen to their health care. nbc's hallie jackson has it all covered. >> reporter: for a white house built on winning, its first loss could be 24 hours away with the health care bill on life support. >> we believe we need to postpone the vote and get it right. >> reporter: republicans searching for symbolism by killing obamacare seven years after it was passed find themselves scrambling now to win over voters for the conservative freedom caucus, a bloc mostly against the bill. do you think you have enough to tank this thing?
>> i don't think. >> reporter: you know? now, our nbc news analysis shows 28 house republicans will probably vote "no." six would have to flip or the bill's dead since no democrats are on board. instead, led by the former vice president, they're rallying in resistance. >> i ain't going anywhere. this is not going to pass. >> reporter: for the gop, a delay could be embarrassing but failure altogether devastating. >> i think the better, smarter move would be to step back, reconfigure the playing field a little bit, crap that is in the way that is palatable to house conservatives and senate moderates. >> reporter: a senior gop aide tells nbc news they have no plans to push back the vote set, for now, for tomorrow. >> we're adding votes by the day. we're not losing votes. we're adding votes and we feel like we're getting really, really close. >> reporter: close won't cut it with the white house refusing to even acknowledge the possibility of defeat. >> there's plan a and plan a. we're going to get this done. >> reporter: what does it say to you if the
president can't get this done this week? >> this is really a [000:11:59;00] have to come to conservatives now and ask us what we want. >> reporter: even as late as tonight, the white house is considering a concession on insurance regulations with one freedom caucus store saying they are cautiously optimistic about it. a senior administration official tells me tonight, members of that caucus are set to come back here tomorrow as the president works to seal the deal. lester? >> all right, hallie jackson, thank you. also in washington, day three before the senate judiciary committee for supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. he promised to be independent of the president who nominated him and amid praise from republicans, gorsuch deflected attempts by frustrated democrats to get him to wade into certain legal and political issues. and with no stumbles in the hearings, gorsuch appears headed for confirmation in early april. tonight, there's new information connected to the electronics ban affecting passengers on certain flights coming into the united
states. tonight, nbc news is learning some of the reasons the new ban on britain. as nbc's miguel almaguer reports, isis and al qaeda may be working together. >> reporter: tonight, a senior law enforcement official tells nbc news isis may be getting help from al qaeda. a disturbing development following the new electronics ban. it affects flights into the u.s. from eight majority muslim countries and was ordered after intelligence discovered isis operatives sought to plant explosives in laptops and other electronics. >> i think what you have is two different groups that compete with each other but both of which had the same mission, to shock the world by bringing down an international airliner. >> reporter: calling the intelligence extremely sensitive, security officials would not confirm if isis was developing an explosive that could be hidden in a laptop, similar to the attack that blew a hole in
this plane last year over somalia. the new policy to be implemented by saturdayes electronics larger than a smartphone from the cabin. >> it becomes much more difficult to carry out a successful attack if the device is not located on the person of the individual carrying out the attack. >> reporter: officials have long feared al qaeda's master bomb maker, ibrahim al asiri, who helped develop the underwear bomb, may be sharing his trade secrets. for now, the ban affects ten airports, some 50 flights a day. some say the new policy could change the way we all fly in the future. with those 50 affected flights arriving here in the u.s. every day affected by the electronics ban, some are wondering why is it only be implemented at ten airports. in fact, security experts tell us tonight for the ban to be truly effective, it may need to be rolled out at airports worldwide. lester? >> miguel almaguer, at l.a.x. tonight,
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keep ongoing. >> reporter: breeze right by you? >> yep. >> reporter: we caught her sitting down only to check el snack. she still makes the break room coffee. >> i've got to make the real stuff. >> reporter: it's common to discount a senior. >> she puts us in our place and we usually listen. >> reporter: but she's been in hospitals as long as penicillin. here's her 1946 graduation at tacoma general. >> i went to school here. >> reporter: the very same hospital where she works today. >> we were paid $30 a month. >> reporter: wow. scaling back work to just two days a week, sisi has lost two husbands to cancer and an adopted son but she's never lost the longest love of her life. >> i just feel very honored that they'll still let me work. >> reporter: caring for others, perhaps the best prescription for a full life. catie beck, nbc news, tacoma, washington. and that is going to do it for us on a wednesday night.
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