Police stepping up patrols in East Sussex following Westminster ‘terror’ incident

Houses of Parliament crash

Houses of Parliament crash

The Westminster tube station was closed, and people were urged to stay away from the area.

The BBC reported that while the suspect wasn't believed to be on MI5 or counterterrorism police's radar, he was known to local police. No one else was in the auto, which is being searched at the scene of the accident.

A man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of terrorist offences, police said. It added he was not known to intelligence services before Tuesday.

The driver of a vehicle injured three people before crashing into barricades near Parliament.

None of the pedestrians' injuries are life-threatening and police say no one else was in the vehicle.

He then headed to Westminster and Whitehall, and at just after 7.30am yesterday his vehicle is caught on CCTV, appearing to show Khater react when the emergency lights appear closely behind his vehicle.

Eyewitnesses said the vehicle was traveling at high speed when it hit several pedestrians and cyclists, then crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

"Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the counter-terrorism command", he said.

Mahmood said he had heard that Khater was not a worshiper at the mosque and had shown no signs of radicalisation.

"I heard a few shouts, looked up and this silver auto was driving at high speed the wrong way into the cyclists", the 31-year-old said.

The man collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before impacting the barrier. "As of May 2018 he is no longer enrolled at the university", said a press statement from the university.

The suspect was "not cooperating" with the investigation overnight.

Two people were taken to the hospital with "injuries that are not believed to be serious", a London Ambulance Service spokesman said, reports BBC. And the dilemma remains the same: how best to balance security with guaranteeing that the heart of British democracy remains open to the people. Mr. Masood then tried to rush inside with a knife and killed a police officer before being shot dead in a courtyard area.

The terrorist threat against the United Kingdom is seen as unprecedented.

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