A car crashed into security barriers outside the UK’s Houses of Parliament during rush hour Tuesday morning, injuring several people in what police are treating as a terrorist incident.
Crash Outside UK Houses of Parliament Treated as Terror Incident, Police Say
The man’s car collided with several cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into the barrier shortly after 7:30 a.m., police said.
The driver, a man in his late 20s, has been arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences and remains in custody in a south London police station.
It appears to have been a deliberate act on an iconic London building, and as such, was being treated as a terrorist incident, said Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu during a news briefing later Tuesday.
Police were still working on formally identifying the man, who is “not cooperating,” said Basu, adding that the driver was not thought to have been known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police.
There was not believed to be a further danger to Londoners or the wider UK related to the morning’s crash, Basu said.
US President Donald Trump weighed in on Tuesday morning, calling the perpetrators crazy “animals.”
“Another terrorist attack in London…These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!” he tweeted.
Of the victims, one man has been discharged from the hospital, another woman is still being treated for non-serious injuries and a third person was treated at the scene.
The driver was alone in the car and no weapons were recovered at the scene.
Eyewitness Ewelina U. Ochab said she saw the incident take place from the other side of the pavement.
“I heard some noise, and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving from the crossing — very fast and close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement,” Ochab said.
“The car drove at speed… There was a loud bang from the collision and a bit of smoke. The driver did not get out. The guards started screaming to people to move away. One elderly man rushed me to hide behind a monument, just in case.”