London police: auto crash outside parliament a ‘terrorist incident’

Sergio Conner
August 14, 2018

Police in London say a man crashed a vehicle into a group of pedestrians and cyclists before hitting a set of barriers outside of Britain's Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, causing a number of injuries.

A auto crash outside the Houses of Parliament which left two people in hospital on Tuesday morning is being treated as a terror attack, say investigators.

A terror suspect accused of deliberately crashing a auto outside the Houses of Parliament was not known to police or MI5, Scotland Yard has said.

Photographs on social media showed the alleged driver in handcuffs being escorted away by police. "It was a loud bang".

Three people were injured and the driver of the vehicle was detained by officers at the scene.

They said that no one is believed to be in a life-threatening condition after the incident, but that several people had been taken to hospital.

There are "dozens" of armed police at the scene, Sky News reported. On the right-hand side of the road as you come up to Parliament, there was a female cyclist on the floor injured with others surrounding that.

Superintendent Chris Horton from British Transport Police, said: "We know incidents such as this are likely to cause concern, so our officers will be highly visible both on board trains and at stations. I turned around and I saw a silver vehicle driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement".

The nearby Westminster subway station was closed, with police asking people to stay away from the area.

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No one else was in the vehicle and no weapons have been found so far.

Jason Williams also saw a auto moving at high speed. He killed one policeman before he was shot and killed by armed officers. "We still don't know the motive for why that auto drove at those barriers", he said.

Armed police stand in the street after a vehicle crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, Britain, Aug.14, 2018.

The man was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.

London Ambulance said it had sent a number of ambulance crews to Westminister and that two people had been taken to hospital for non-serious injuries. It was into those barriers that the auto crashed this morning.

"Another terrorist attack in London.These animals are insane and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!", the US President tweeted.

Witness Ewalina Ochab told the Press Association that the incident "looked intentional".

The area was the site of a terror attack in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ploughed a auto into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.

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