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Two injured after car hits barriers at UK parliament, counter-terrorism police lead probe

The London Police said they could not immediately say whether it was a terrorism-related incident or not.

world Updated: Aug 14, 2018 23:24 IST
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Armed police stand in the street after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, Britain, on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)

Two people were injured after a car collided with security barriers outside London’s parliament building on Tuesday and a man who drove the vehicle was arrested, police said.

“The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. We will issue further info when we have it,” London’s police force said in a statement on Twitter earlier in the day.

None of the pedestrians injured when a car collided with security barriers outside Britain’s parliament on Tuesday is believed to be in a life-threatening condition, police said. “We sent a number of resources to the scene including three ambulance crews, responders in cars and an incident response officer,” London Ambulance Service said on Twitter.

The police said their counter-terrorism unit was leading the investigation into the incident.

“While we are keeping an open mind, the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the Westminster incident,” London’s Metropolitan police said on Twitter.

Footage on social media showed heavily armed police response units arriving at the scene, with the area outside the parliament building in central London cordoned off.

Police said they could not immediately say whether it was a terrorism-related incident or not.

“We’re still trying to piece it together,” a spokeswoman said.

In March 2017, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge before he stabbed to death an unarmed police officer in the grounds of parliament. He was shot dead at the scene.

It was the first of five attacks on Britain last year which police blamed on terrorism.

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 12:56 IST