Police say London attack outside parliament was deliberate

Marsha Scott
August 17, 2018

Khater's Facebook page states that he lives in Birmingham, works as a shop manager, and has previously studied at Sudan University of Science and Technology.

"I saw the auto crash into the barrier outside Westminster Palace, with smoke coming out of the vehicle".

The statement added officers were still searching one address in Birmingham but had completed investigations at the two other properties in Birmingham and Nottingham.

Basu stated that police did not find any weapons in the Fiesta and that the unnamed man is not cooperating with British authorities.

The Fiesta used in the alleged attack was driven from Birmingham to London late on Monday and spent nearly five hours in the Tottenham Court Road area.

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"It certainly appears to be a deliberate act, but what the motivation is we can't say", London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters.

Footage released by the BBC shows the moment when the auto then crosses over a traffic island in the middle of the road before crashing into the security barriers.

"At this early stage none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening".

The area is in lockdown after armed police swarmed the scene, with counter-terrorism officers leading the investigation.

The auto was removed from the scene late on Tuesday night.

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Britain's government will host a session of its emergency committee to address the attack. The police officer who was stabbed also died.

Later US President Donald Trump urged "toughness" against those responsible for the attack, who he referred to as "animals".

Salih Khater was arrested on attempted murder charges for plowing his Ford Fiesta into cyclists in Westminster in London, leaving three injured.

Eye witness Kirsty Moseley, of Brixton, south London, said the cyclists "were thrown everywhere" after being struck.

"It didn't look like an accident". "How do you do that by accident? There was a loud bang from the collusion and a bit of smoke", she said.

"I think it looked intentional - the vehicle drove at speed and towards the barriers".

The London Ambulance Service revealed it treated three patients at the scene, two of whom were taken to hospital.

Masood abandoned his auto then stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot in a courtyard outside Parliament.

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The source told Reuters that Khater was from Birmingham, central England, and not known to security services before Tuesday.

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