Suspect believed to be Salih Khater, 29, who is of Sudanese origin and from Birmingham

A man has been held on suspicion of terrorism offences after a auto was driven into pedestrians and cyclists before disintegrating outside parliament in Westminster, as Downing Street discovered powers were working on hundreds of live counter-terrorism investigations.

The suspect, a 29 -year-old British national, was arrested at the incident after armed police officers swooped on a silver Ford Fiesta that had gate-crashed into defence railings on St Margaret Street at about 7.40 am on Tuesday.

The Guardian understands his figure is Salih Khater, who lives in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham and is of Sudanese origin.

Scotland Yard said the man was not known to the security services and was not cooperating with probing policemen, but owing to the crash appearing to be deliberate and the location it was being treated as a suspected terrorist attack.

The car travelled to London from Birmingham on Monday night and wasted the time between around 1.25 am and 5.55 am in the Soho area, before moving to Westminster and Whitehall at about 6am where it remained before such incidents an hour and 40 a few minutes later, police said.

Two addresses in Birmingham and one in Nottingham were searched on Tuesday. Roger Godsiff, the MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said:” Today’s assault at Westminster was carried out by an individual who is believed to have been living in my constituency in Birmingham .”

Nottinghamshire police said they were supporting counter-terrorism detectives as they examined a residential property in the Radford area of the city. The address is thought to be a flat on Peveril Street.

Neighbours told the Press Association that the house, shared by inmates, is home to six Sudanese parties. Ibrahim Ahmed, 24, who lives in the same terrace row, said:” It’s Sudanese people who live there .”

The Nottingham Post are of the view that the car have been engaged in the incident was registered to an address in Nottingham. The current owned of private vehicles bought it on 20 June this year.


Two men and one female were injured during the clang. One was treated at the situation and two were taken to hospital and eventually discharged.

Theresa May said the threat level to the UK remained at severe, intend an attack was considered highly likely. The prime minister’s spokesman said the security services and counter-terrorism police were carrying out 676 live investigations at the end of June, up from more than 500 in March.

He said 13 Islamist stories and four plots by far-right fanaticals had been foiled in the past 18 months.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, urged people to” maintain an open attention” about what had happened.” There are understandably a lot of questions about the incident … The briefing I have received from counter-terrorism police and the security services is that work is ongoing and they are doing everything they can to find out more ,” he said.

Police recover the silver-tongued Ford Fiesta. Photograph: Yui Mok/ PA

Kirsty Moseley, 31, one of a very close onlookers to the attack, told the Guardian the operator did not shout or say anything as the car collided with as many as 15 cyclists, and he appeared “focused”.

CCTV footage established the car swerve across a central booking near Parliament Square and then accelerate down St Margaret Street before gate-crashing into roadblocks. Pedestrians were find leaping out of its path.

The stages had resembles of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, which inspired the increase of steel and concrete security roadblocks around the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood ploughed a vehicle into crowds on the connection, killing four people, before knife and killings an unarmed PC, Keith Palmer.

Another witness to Tuesday’s crash, Ewalina Ochab, said:” The vehicle drove at speed and towards the barriers. I was going on the other side[ of the road ]. I see some interference and someone screamed .”

She said the car did not appear to have a front registration plate.” I turned around and I watched a silver vehicle driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the sidewalk. The person driving did not go out of private vehicles .”

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Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens were cordoned off and the length of Whitehall was closed to traffic after the incident. Westminster tube station was closed for a occasion before reopening.

Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, the head of counter-terrorism policing in the UK, said:” Given that this appears to be a deliberate attack, the method and this being an iconic website, we are treating it as a gunman occurrence .”

May, who is on holiday in Italy, was informed of the incident at 8am and was given regular modernizes by officials. In the following statement released after Downing Street, she praised the” formidable spirit” and professionalism of the emergency services who” flowed towards a hazardous statu in order to protect the public “.

She said:” The menace to the United Kingdom from terrorism remains severe. I would recommend the public to remain vigilant but too to come together and carry on as ordinary, just as they did after the nauseating onslaughts in Manchester and London last year. The twisted target of the radicals is to use violence and terror to divide us. They will never replace .”

May’s spokesman said the current terror threat was ” one of the starkest that we’ve faced. The sort of the terrorist threat is changing, and so must our response. Between 2010 and 2017 there were 2,029 fear arrests in Great Britain; 412 were moved in 2017. That is the highest since records began .”

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Security officials impounded a Cobra meeting on Tuesday, chaired by the deputy national defence consultant, Madeleine Alessandri, and attended by Basu and representatives from the mayor of London’s office.

Downing Street said it was clear the security measures currently in place around the Palace of Westminster had worked effectively and significant numbers of police had been participating in the background immediately.

No proposes have been saw for May to return from her walking vacation in Italy. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is the most senior minister currently in the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said:” My concludes are with those hurt and injured outside parliament this morning in what is being treated as a gunman occurrence. Our thanks go to our emergency services who responded immediately. Their bravery impedes us safe epoch in, date out .”

The US president, Donald Trump, tweeted:” Another terrorist attack in London … These swine are crazy and must be treated through toughness and fortitude !”


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