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 automobile was driven into pedestrians and cyclists before disintegrating outside parliament in Westminster, as Downing Street exposed authorities were working on hundreds of live counter-terrorism investigations.

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

The Guardian understands his appoint 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 analyse officers, 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 the accidents an hour and 40 minutes earlier, police said.

Two residences in Birmingham and one in Nottingham were examined on Tuesday. Roger Godsiff, the MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said:” Today’s attack 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 men as they researched 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 dwellers, is host to six Sudanese beings. Ibrahim Ahmed, 24, who lives in the same terrace row, said:” It’s Sudanese people who live there .”

The Nottingham Post was pointed out that the car involved in the accidents was registered to an address in Nottingham. The current owner of the vehicle bought it on 20 June this year.


Two men and one maiden injured during the crash. One was treated at the panorama and two were taken to hospital and eventually discharged.

Theresa May said the threat level to the UK remained at severe, implication 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 schemes and four plots by far-right extremists had been foiled in the past 18 months.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, urged people to” retain an open knowledge” about “whats 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 Ford Fiesta. Photograph: Yui Mok/ PA

Kirsty Moseley, 31, one of the most significant eyewitness to the attack, told the Guardian the motorist did not shout or said so as the car collided with as numerous as 15 cyclists, and he seemed “focused”.

CCTV footage demo the car swerve across a central booking near Parliament Square and then accelerate down St Margaret Street before crashing into obstructions. Pedestrians were realise leaping out of its path.

The panoramas had resembles of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, which motivated the extension of steel and concrete security obstructions around the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood ploughed a automobile into mobs on the bridge, killing four people, before stabbing and killing an unarmed PC, Keith Palmer.

Another witness to Tuesday’s crash, Ewalina Ochab, said:” The auto drove at speeding and towards the barriers. I was ambling on the other side[ of the road ]. I discover some racket and someone screamed .”

She said the car did not appear to have a front registration plate.” I turned around and I appreciated a silver-tongued vehicle driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement. The party 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 time 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 place, 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 a statement from Downing Street, she praised the” formidable courage” and professionalism of the emergency services who” flowed towards a hazardous statu in order to protect the public “.

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

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 done in 2017. That is the highest since records began .”

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Security officials deemed a Cobra meeting on Tuesday, chaired by the deputy national insurance adviser, 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 in all regions of the Palace of Westminster had worked effectively and significant numbers of police had been on the stage immediately.

No schedules have been attained for May to return from her amble holiday in Italy. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is the most senior minister currently in the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said:” My supposes are with those hurt and injured outside parliament this morning in what is being treated as a terrorist occurrence. Our thanks going to see our emergency services who have replied immediately. Their bravery maintains us safe daytime in, period out .”

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


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