London police have arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism after he ploughed through pedestrians and cyclists in central London. The man eventually smashed his car into barriers outside the Parliament building.

    

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Car crashes into UK parliament security barrier – DW’s Kitty Logan reports

At least three people were injured after a car smashed into the barriers outside the UK’s Houses of Parliament in London during rush hour on Tuesday morning.  Armed police descended on the scene, removing the driver out at gunpoint. He was arrested on suspicion of terrorism.

“Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist
incident,” London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters.

What we know so far:

  • A silver Ford Fiesta collided with the barriers outside the UK Parliament at 7:37 a.m. local time (0637 UTC).
  • Photographs on social media showed the alleged driver in handcuffs being escorted away by heavily armed police.
  • Several eye witness reports said it appeared the driver intentionally raced down the road towards the parliament building and failed to stop after hitting pedestrians.
  • None of the injured are believed to be in life-threatening condition, according to London police.
  • The driver, in his late 20s, has been detained on suspicion of terrorism. Counter-terrorism officers are leading the investigation.
Police cordon off area outside of UK Parlament (Reuters/H. McKay)

Police and emergency services respond

London’s Metropolitan Police force first disclosed that “a number of pedestrians” had been wounded the incident, before going on to state that none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Metropolitan Police

@metpoliceuk

At 0737hrs today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. We will issue further info when we have it.

Metropolitan Police

@metpoliceuk

At this stage, officers do not believe that anybody is in a life-threatening condition. Cordons are in place to assist the investigation. Westminster tube station is closed.

The London Ambulance service said it had treated two people on the scene for non-serious injuries, before taking them to hospital.

London Ambulance

@Ldn_Ambulance

Our statement in response to the incident in . We have treated two people at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious and have taken them to hospital.

 

‘Thought with those injured, thanks for quick response’

David Lammy, a Labour MP for Tottenham in north London tweeted: “My thoughts are with all those injured. Thanks for a quick response from @metpoliceuk, Parliament security and the London Ambulance Service.”

David Lammy

@DavidLammy

Awful news from Westminster. My thoughts are with all those injured. Thanks for a quick response from @metpoliceuk, Parliament security and the London Ambulance Service. https://twitter.com/metpoliceuk/status/1029262404100792320 

Metropolitan Police

@metpoliceuk

At 0737hrs today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. We will issue further info when we have it.

Conservative Party MP Neil O’Brien posted on Twitter: “Awful news – thoughts very much with those currently receiving medical treatment, and everyone else affected by this. Please remain vigilant if working in/visiting Westminster today.”

Neil O’Brien MP

@NeilDotObrien

Awful news – thoughts very much with those currently receiving medical treatment, and everyone else affected by this.

Please remain vigilant if working in/visiting Westminster today.

Sky News Breaking

@SkyNewsBreak

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Metropolitan Police says “a number of pedestrians” have been injured and officers remain at the scene after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament

Terror suspect: The Metropolitan Police said it was treating the incident as a suspected terrorist attack, given the driver appeared to intentionally try to run over pedestrians. The man faces suspected terror charges and remains in custody at a south London police station. No other suspects have been identified, according to the police. The UK has suffered four vehicle-based terror attacks in the past 18 months.

Heightened terror risk in Westminster: The area surrounding the Houses of Parliament was the scene of a violent terror attack in March last year, when Khalid Masood killed four people on Westminster Bridge and stabbed an unarmed police officer to death in the parliament grounds. He was shot dead at the scene.

Police blocks lifted: Immediately after the incident, police closed the Westminster Underground station and blocked off large area around the Parliament, spanning from Trafalgar Square to Lambeth Bridge in the wake of the incident. Most of the blocks were lifted by Tuesday afternoon, however, and the Westminster was reopened.

COURTESY: DW

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