Police in London investigating suspected terror attack near Parliament
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 17, 2018,
Aug 17, 2018, 1:19
Salih Khater was arrested on suspicion of planning and committing terrorist acts - yesterday Scotland Yard said he is also being held on suspicion of attempted murder.
London's Metropolitan Police are treating a vehicle that rammed into pedestrians and barriers outside Parliament as a terror incident. He was alone and no weapons were found in the vehicle.
Armed police officers attended the scene in Westminster this morning after a auto collided with the security barriers outside the Palace of Westminster.
The man allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle which crashed into pedestrians and cyclists in London has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism, police have confirmed.
He added: "My heartfelt thanks goes to the fearless first responders who were so quickly on the scene following the attack".
Basu said "we don't believe this individual was known" to police or Britain's intelligence services.
Our priority is to formally identify the suspect and establish his motivations if we can. Two people were hurt, but authorities said none of the injuries is life-threatening.
Footage aired on BBC News showed the car's approach towards Parliament, where it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with cyclists before entering a small road and crashing into a security barrier.
The British Parliament, which is the seat of government, is not now sitting due to the summer holidays, although Westminster tube station was closed and the streets around the area were cordoned off for several hours after the crash. "I think it looked intentional-the auto drove at speed and towards the barriers", witness Ewalina Ochab tells the BBC.
"I was walking on the other side (of the road)".
Mahmood said he had heard that Khater was not a worshiper at the mosque and had shown no signs of radicalisation. I saw at least 10 people lying down. "I just stopped the bus", he told the PA. "I turned around and I saw a silver vehicle driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement".
A number of eyewitnesses have said the silver Ford Fiesta, which was travelling westbound in Parliament Square, appeared to deliberately hit members of the public as it swerved into the opposite lane.
Police flooded the area after the incident was reported at 7:37 a.m., cordoning off streets surrounding the heart of Britain's government.
Social media users have praised the quick, calm and efficient response of the police in securing the scene.