Eli Ridder | UNITED KINGDOM
(71 Republic) – A sole male suspect was brought into custody on suspicion of terrorism charges Tuesday morning after a car crashed outside the British Houses of Parliament, injuring several.
Metropolitan Police responded to the scene in force, arresting the suspect around 7:30 a.m. local time, and he remains in custody at a south London police station.
The London Ambulance Service said two patients were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
“At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation,” said Scotland Yard.
There were no other individuals in the vehicle the suspect drove and there have been no confirmed reports of weapons in the car from authorities.
Both public transportation and Westminster area road traffic have experienced closures and delays.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was in close contact with police, tweeting “thank you to the first responders”. Other officials also made public stances also expressing their support for those injured.
The United Kingdom’s public broadcaster, BBC, cited several witnesses on their programmes.
“I heard lots of screams and turned round,” BBC employee based in Millbank, told the news network.
“The car went onto the wrong side of the road to where cyclists were waiting at lights and ploughed into them. Then it swerved back across the road and accelerated as fast as possible and hit the barrier at full pelt.
“It was a small silver car and he hit it at such speed the car actually lifted off the ground and bounced.
“Then the police just jumped. Two officers managed to leap over the security barriers and then the armed police vehicles all sped towards the scene.”
More details to follow.