Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

London police treating crash outside UK Parliament as terror-related

Houses of Parliament crash ITV COLLISON A car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament
Faye Gross | 15 August, 2018, 14:56

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism after the auto he was driving hit several people before colliding with security barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament in London.

"The driver of the vehicle, a man in his late 20s. was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses", said police.

According to police, several people have been injured.

A vehicle has crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London, and although the number of injured remains unclear, police believe none are in a life-threatening situation.

The police and security services "are doing everything they can to find out more about the incident". Mounted police officers block a road leading to the scene where a auto that crashed into security barriers outside the Houses.

Basu said the suspect is not cooperating with police as they try to establish both the man's identity and motive.

Eyewitness Ewelina Ochab told The Associated Press that the crash appeared deliberate. "The driver did not get out". The guards started creaming to people to move away.

In June 2017, seven people were killed and dozens injured when three men rammed pedestrians with a auto at London Bridge.

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The man arrested after a vehicle crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in a suspected terror attack has been named as Salih Khater, a British citizen of Sudanese origin.

That was the first of five attacks in Britain previous year that police designated as terrorism, three of which used vehicles as weapons. Three ambulance crews and a number of responders treated two people at the scene for injuries not believed to be serious, London Ambulance assistant director of operations Peter Rhodes said in a statement.

"At this early stage of the investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police".

Armed police, paramedics, and firefighters rushed to Westminster during the morning rush hour and cordoned off a large area.

The incident took place shortly before 8am on the main road between the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

"We're kind of stuck waiting to hear from our bosses what to do", she said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the suspected attack was "shocking" and an "appalling incident" as she condemned the "twisted aim of the extremists".

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