Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Crash outside Parliament in London treated as terrorism

Crash outside Parliament in London treated as terrorism

Images posted online showed a man wearing a black puffer jacket being led away in handcuffs from the vehicle as armed police swarmed the scene. He was alone in the auto and no weapons were recovered at the scene.

Scotland Yard's head of counter-terrorism Neil Basu said the priority for investigators was to understand the motive of the attack.

Armed officers swarmed the scene and cordoned off a large area around the Parliament building in central London, usually bustling with tourists and government workers.

Westminster station has been closed for both entry and exit due to the security alert, Transport for London said.

Police secure the roads around the Houses of Parliament as forensic teams investigate the crash.

A Met Police statement said: 'Given that the attack appears to have been a deliberate act, the method used and the iconic location, it is being treated as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.

The suspect, who has not been formally identified, is not believed to be known to security forces, and police have said he is not cooperating with detectives.

Forensics officers work near the vehicle that crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday.

He injured three people, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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Two people were taken to the hospital and one person was treated at the scene of the crash.

The force said: "At 7.37am today, Tuesday, August 14, a auto was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament".

Eyewitness Ewalina Ochab told the Press Association: "I think it looked intentional - the auto drove at speed and towards the barriers". "The driver did not get out".

"I was told basically to move away, to run".

"It looked deliberate. It didn't look like an accident", he said. "How do you do that by accident?"

The suspect's brother, Abdullah Khater, told the BBC he was a "normal person" and that their family, who are originally from Darfur, were in a "state of shock". "They dragged someone out of the vehicle".

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, "Huge thanks to our emergency services for their rapid reaction to incident in Westminster this morning".

Another Birmingham resident, Khalid Massod, drove through pedestrians in the same area in 2017, killing five and injuring more than 50. Masood abandoned his vehicle and then stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot dead in a courtyard outside Parliament.

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