Westminster suspect just ‘lost control in vehicle crash’

The suspect, reportedly from the Midlands, located in Central England and was described as "uncooperative" by law enforcement, and transported to an undisclosed police station in southern London.

The suspect, a 29-year-old British national, was known to police in the West Midlands but not MI5 or counter terrorism officers.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says authorities are treating the incident as an act of terrorism.

She said other officers in plain clothes remained at the scene for a few hours.

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

On Wednesday, the London police announced that they had identified the suspect as Salih Khater, according to The New York Times.

Police said the incident appeared to be the second terrorist attack at the building in just under 18 months, after Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge in March 2017.

The Met's Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation after a Ford Fiesta crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard said.

A "number of pedestrians" were injured when a auto crashed into barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, with armed police swooping in to arrest the driver, Scotland Yard said. "We will issue further info when we have it", police said.

The London Ambulance Service said two people were treated for injuries at the scene but they were not considered serious.

Officers have cordoned the whole square off and are asking the public and press to move away from the scene.

In March previous year, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge and stabbed to death an unarmed police officer in the grounds of Parliament before being shot dead.

"I couldn't see him doing anything stupid like that", said one neighbor, who only gave his name as Adam.

"All I saw was the smoke coming out of a vehicle, a silver vehicle". Due to the location, the incident is being treated as a terror attack and police are investigating to determine whether or not this is the case.

In a statement the Prime Minister, who is on holiday, praised the "formidable courage" and professionalism of the emergency services who "ran towards" danger.

  • Jon Douglas