UK police given more time to quiz Parliament crash suspect


Police believe a vehicle was deliberately driven into pedestrians and cyclists, injuring three people before ramming a security barrier outside Parliament during Tuesday morning rush hour.

Scotland Yard said the silver Ford Fiesta used in the Westminster attack was driven from Birmingham to London late on Monday and spent nearly five hours in the Tottenham Court Road area.

Police searched three addresses in central England as part of an investigation into what they said appeared to be a terrorist attack outside Britain's parliament when a man drove a auto into pedestrians and cyclists.

None of the injuries are believed to be "life-threatening", said police, who were yet to say if they suspected terrorism.

One man received treatment at the scene and two people were taken to hospital following the incident. Guns drawn, they surrounded the auto, arrested the driver and led him away in handcuffs.

"I was walking on the other side [of the road]". "I've been an advocate for a while now of part-pedestrianizing Parliament Square, but making sure we don't lose the wonderful thing about our democracy, which is people having access to parliamentarians, people being able to lobby Parliament, visitors being able to come and visit Parliament", he said, according to The Telegraph. When he got to the scene, he staked out Westminster before smashing his auto.

Since that attack, steel and concrete crash barriers have been improved outside the Houses of Parliament.

Salih Khater has been named as the man arrested after a auto was driven into cyclists and crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

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A cyclist passes a police officer standing at the vehicle barrier to the Houses of Parliament where a auto crashed after knocking down cyclists and pedestrians yesterday in Westminster, London, Britain, August 15, 2018.

He then headed to Westminster and Whitehall, and at just after 7.30am yesterday his vehicle is caught on CCTV, appearing to show Khater react when the emergency lights appear closely behind his vehicle.

"I was told to move and started to run", he said.

He said officers had their guns out when they arrested the driver. "How do you do that by accident?"

The Metropolitan Police said they are still working to clarify the movements of the suspect during the period of time he spent in the Tottenham Court Road area.

Later US President Donald Trump urged "toughness" against those responsible for the attack, who he referred to as "animals". "It was a loud bang".

In 2017, 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood rammed his vehicle into pedestrians on the pavement along the south side of the Westminster Bridge, injuring more than 50 people and killing 5. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who have been injured".