Auto hits pedestrians at United Kingdom parliament in suspected terrorist attack

Houses of Parliament crash

Houses of Parliament crash

There was a terror attack at the same site in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ran his auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.

Video shows the moment a auto hit several people and crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday.

Khater, 29, may have been doing reconnaissance in Westminster when an ambulance pulled up behind him with its sirens blaring - spooking him into suddenly barreling his auto into the crowd at 7:37 a.m.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: "The briefing I have received from counter-terrorism police and the security services is that work is ongoing and they are doing everything they can to find out more about the incident".

On Tuesday morning, Salih Khater drove a Ford Fiesta into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into security barriers outside of the Houses of Parliament.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the UK's counter-terrorism chief said the arrested man was in his 20s, but yet to be formally identified.

People have been injured after a vehicle hit cyclists and pedestrians and crashed into security barriers outside parliament.

Footage on social media showed a handcuffed man being led away by heavily armed police.

Armed police officers attended the scene in Westminster this morning after a vehicle collided with the security barriers outside the Palace of Westminster. An armed officer shot the attacker, who died at the scene.

The suspect was not co-operating with detectives, police have said.

Our priority now is to establish the identity of the suspect and establish his motivation if we can.

"We're still trying to piece it together", a spokeswoman said. Basu confirmed that two people were sent to the hospital, but one man was discharged "and one woman remains in hospital being treated for serious but thankfully, non-life threatening injuries".

Several streets around nearby Parliament Square and Victoria Tower Gardens have been cordoned off.

Eyewitness Ewalina Ochab told the Press Association: "I think it looked intentional - the vehicle drove at speed and towards the barriers".

"I was walking on the other side (of the road)". I saw at least 10 people lying down. "There was smoke coming out of the auto", he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. "I just stopped the bus", he told PA.

Authorities said Tuesday that they would deal with Khater's actions as terrorism, given their seemingly deliberate nature, as well as the location and method Khater employed.

Armed police swooped into the area after the incident was reported at 7.37 am local time, arresting the auto driver and cordoning off streets surrounding the heart of Britain's government.

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