Auto crash outside UK Parliament a possible terror act, say police

Houses of Parliament crash

Houses of Parliament crash

-Pedestrians and cyclists have been injured but the exact number is not yet known.

Three people were injured. A third person was treated at the crash site.

Moment after the auto crashed.

Police have concluded searches of two properties in Birmingham and one in Nottingham, and are now searching a third address in Birmingham. Police have raided three addresses in the Midlands following his arrest.

Male suspect arrested in a vehicle ramming outside Parliament during rush hour; Benjamin Hall reports on the latest in the investigation.

Two people were hospitalized and one person was released, Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.

The source told Reuters that Khater was from Birmingham, central England, and not known to security services before Tuesday. Britain's security minister Ben Wallace said he was a British citizen who "came from another country originally".

Roger Godsiff, MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said it was believed the suspect had been living in his constituency.

Police say they have not found any weapons.

"We must keep an open mind about what has happened".

He said officers had their guns out when they arrested the driver.

The session of the COBRA committee was called after a motorist slammed into pedestrians and cyclists before hitting a barrier near the House of Lords on Tuesday. When he got to the scene, he staked out Westminster before smashing his auto.

-The whole of Parliament Square has been cordoned off and officers are asking the public to move away from the scene.

Britain's government will be holding a session of its emergency committee following what it described as a suspected terrorist incident near the Houses of Parliament. He was not cooperating with detectives, the British police counter-terrorism chief said.

Prime Minister Theresa May, now on holiday in Switzerland, tweeted that her "thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster".

The suspect who drove into barriers outside parliament in an attempted terror attack has been named as Salih Khater, according to Sky sources.

Anti-terror police have shifted their investigation of the Westminster terror attack to the Midlands as they seek to piece together the attacker's movements and motive.

The Houses of Parliament are surrounded with security barriers of steel and concrete. An armed officer shot the attacker, who died at the scene. There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. He is being held at a south London police station.

The terrorist threat against the United Kingdom is seen as unprecedented. Irish republican paramilitaries murdered Airey Neave MP in 1979 in a vehicle bomb that exploded within the palace grounds.

The auto has now been removed and the security lane re-opened.

Speaking at a press conference, trustee Nassar Mahmood said inquiries in the local Sudanese community suggested Khater did not worship at the mosque and had shown no signs of radicalisation.

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