Westminster attack suspect Salih Khater arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Aaron Brown
August 17, 2018

Police appealed to the public to stay away, and the Westminster subway station was closed.

He said that based on what investigators know so far, the suspect does not appear to be someone who was previously known to British counterterror or intelligence agencies. There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched.

Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism head Neil Basu said on Tuesday that the apparent deliberate nature of the act, the method used and the "iconic" location of Parliament led the force to treat it as a terrorist incident.

The suspect was not cooperating with police, and officers were working to confirm his identity, said Basu, who oversees United Kingdom counterterrorism policing.

Security around Parliament has been increased since an attack at the complex in March 2017 when four people died.

None of the injuries are believed to be "life-threatening", said police, who were yet to say if they suspected terrorism.

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.

Another witness, BBC employee Barry Williams, says he heard screams and then saw the auto plow into a group of cyclists waiting at a traffic light before accelerating toward the barrier.

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He added: "My heartfelt thanks goes to the fearless first responders who were so quickly on the scene following the attack". Masood stabbed a police officer to death before being shot dead.

He said the man, who was now being questioned by police, was not cooperating with officers.

The London Ambulance Service said it treated two people at the scene for injuries "that are not believed to be serious".

The man was arrested after a auto crashed into security barriers at high speed, injuring some cyclists, but failing to break through into the Palace of Westminster estate.

Mahmood said he had heard that Khater was not a worshiper at the mosque and had shown no signs of radicalisation. "There was smoke coming out of the vehicle", he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Armed police swooped into the area and cordoned off streets surrounding the heart of Britain's government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: "My thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster and my thanks to the emergency services for their immediate and courageous response".

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