London: In a shocking incident, a 26-year-old sword-wielding man attacked and hurt three police officers outside Buckingham Palace in London before being arrested.
The man initially held on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police has now been re- arrested under the UK’s Terrorism Act 2000, the Metropolitan Police said.
“A car deliberately drove at a police van and stopped in front of it in a restricted area on Constitution Hill near Buckingham Palace. The officers, who were unarmed police constables and from Westminster borough, got out of the van and approached the car,” the police said.
“As they challenged the driver, who was the only occupant in the car, he reached for what we now know to be a four-foot sword,” it said.
During the struggle, three officers sustained minor injuries. The man, who repeatedly shouted Allahu Akbar, was incapacitated with tear gas.
The suspect was taken to a London hospital for treatment of minor injuries and has now been taken to a central London police station for questioning.
Europe is on high alert following a spate of recent terror attacks.
A terror cell launched an attack on Barcelonas famous Las Ramblas street last Wednesday, and at a nearby seaside town, leaving 14 people dead.