London car ramming treated as terror incident, police say; suspect in custody – Fox News

Aug. 14: Police cordon off the area on Millbank, in central London, after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.  (AP)

British authorities said Tuesday they were treating a car ramming incident outside the Houses of Parliament as a terror incident and that a male suspect has been arrested.

The country’s counter-terrorism command was leading the investigation. Police said a “number of pedestrians” were injured in the incident, but didn’t specify how many. None of those hit were in serious condition, authorities said.

The suspect was described to be in his late 20s and he was arrested on suspicion of terror offenses, police said.

Ewalina Ochab, a witness, told the Press Association that the collision appeared to be deliberate.

“I was walking on the other side [of the road]. I heard some noise and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement,” she reportedly said.

There are “dozens” of armed police at the scene, Sky News reported. The car slammed into barriers that had been extended following the Westminster Bridge attack.

No other details were immediately available, but Metropolitan Police said on Twitter that they will issue more information when they have it. 

The entry at Westminster station has been closed for entry due to the security threat, police said.

The area was the site of a terror attack in March 2017 when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people. Masood abandoned his car then stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot in a courtyard outside Parliament.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.