Police arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences on Tuesday saying he appeared to deliberately drive into cyclists before ramming a car into security barriers outside the British parliament in what appeared to be the second attack on the building in just under 18 months.
The man, in his 20s, injured three people as he drove through a group of cyclists as well as pedestrians before hitting a barrier outside parliament during the early morning rush hour.
“Given of which of which appears to be a deliberate act, the method, as well as of which being an iconic site, we are treating the item as a terrorist incident,” London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.
Basu said the man was not co-operating with police. He was not believed to be known to security forces, he said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, officials said.
Police said a silver Ford Fiesta collided with quite a few cyclists as well as pedestrians before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament at 7:37 a.m. local time (2:37 a.m. ET).
“The driver of the auto, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers,” police said in a statement. “He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences. There was nobody else inside the vehicle, which remains at the scene as well as can be being searched. No weapons have been recovered at of which stage.”