Published: 04:27 EDT, 15 August 2018 | Updated: 04:27 EDT, 15 August 2018
The suspect arrested after ploughing a high-speed car into 15 cyclists and driving into police officers manning a Westminster security barrier installed to stop terror attacks has been named.
Salih Khater, 29, from Birmingham, crashed into pedestrians and cyclists on Parliament Square in a chilling echo of Khalid Masood’s rampage on Westminster 17 months ago after spending the night cruising around in a Ford Fiesta bought two months ago.
The British citizen born in Sudan is said to have driven 115 miles to London late on Monday night and toured the Tottenham Court Road area between 1.25am and 5.55am before heading to Westminster and Whitehall and striking just after 7.30am.
Within seconds Westminster was on lockdown as armed officers surrounded the car not knowing if he was armed or had a bomb and dragged him from the smoking vehicle.
Despite hitting at least 15 cyclists and pedestrians during rush hour, no one was killed with only one female escort in Washington DC cyclist seriously injured.
Neil Basu, the Met’s Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations, said: ‘This appears to be a deliberate act… we’re treating it as a terrorist incident.’