Counter-terrorism police leads probe into car-ramming incident near London’s Parliament
A car has smashed into a security barrier outside the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring several people. Police have arrested a man and the investigation has been taken over by the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command.
Metropolitan Police say that several pedestrians were injured when a vehicle hit barriers outside London’s Parliament around 8am local time on Tuesday. The driver, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene "on suspicion of terrorist offences" and remains in police custody.
The authorities have not stated whether the incident was terrorism-related or not, though it is being reported that Scotland Yard's counter-terror unit is contributing to the investigation.
In a statement, posted on their Twitter feed, the London Ambulance Service wrote: "We have treated two people at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious and have taken to hospital."
Our statement in response to the incident in #Westminster. We have treated two people at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious and have taken them to hospital. pic.twitter.com/ySXAgmYqfF— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) August 14, 2018
None of the victims is in a life-threatening condition, police believe.
Parliament Square was shut down, according to British media, and a large number of police cars descended on the site. Westminster tube station has been closed.
Witness Jason Williams told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the ramming incident “seemed to be deliberate.”
“I don’t know if it was a tip-off, a warning, that this was like a bomb… There seems to be maybe about 200 police here now, and it’s all happened very quickly in the space of like half an hour,” the witness said.
Witness says vehicle hit several cyclists and then smashed into barrier outside Parliament - one casualty being treated. Police taking situation, understandably, very seriously pic.twitter.com/URCa3NJzVN— Alain Tolhurst (@Alain_Tolhurst) August 14, 2018
Westminster Locked down after car crash outside Parliament pic.twitter.com/r1VOIi4koK— Ashley Vora 🦉 (@Voraa_) August 14, 2018
Breaking: Big armed police response to car which has cashed into Parliament barriers we are now being moved back pic.twitter.com/rYAqExq6rn— Vincent McAviney (@VinnyMcAv) August 14, 2018
A number of pedestrians have been injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard said. pic.twitter.com/mqya2baX4M— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) August 14, 2018
Since the Westminster Bridge attack last year, the Houses of Parliament have been surrounded by steel security barriers. In March 2017 Khalid Masood rammed crowds along Westminster Bridge, killing four people. The attacker then abandoned his car outside parliament, where he stabbed and killed PC Keith Palmer before being shot by armed police.
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