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Man suspected of terrorism attack outside UK parliament

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London: Three persons were injured after a man deliberately drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists before ramming it into barriers outside London’s parliament on Tuesday.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was arrested by armed officers at the scene moments later.

British police said they believe in what appeared to be the second terrorism attack on the building in a period of 18 months.

Three people were injured after the vehicle was driven through a group of cyclists and pedestrians during the early morning rush hour before smashing into a protective barrier on a lane used for accessing parliament.

“Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident,” London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.

Basu said the suspect in Tuesday’s incident was in custody but was not co-operating with detectives. Although he had not been formally identified, the man was not believed to be known to security forces, Basu added.

“At this early stage of the investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police,” Basu said. “There is no intelligence of further danger to Londoners or the rest of the UK in connection with this incident.”

Police said a silver Ford Fiesta had collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament at 0637 GMT. No other weapons had been found, Basu said.

Camera footage showed the vehicle taking a wrong turn into a group of cyclists waiting at traffic lights before veering across the road and into a lane leading to parliament before hitting the barrier as two police officers jumped to safety.

Armed officers swarmed the scene and cordoned off a large area around the parliament building in central London, usually bustling with tourists and government workers. The injured were shifted to the hospital immediately.

In March 2017, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge and stabbed to death an unarmed police officer in the grounds of parliament before being shot dead. It was the first of five attacks on Britain last year which police blamed on terrorism, three of which involved vehicles being used as a weapon.

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