What do we know about Westminster crash suspect Salih Khater?

by Garry Watts August 17, 2018, 1:18
What do we know about Westminster crash suspect Salih Khater?

The suspect, reportedly from the Midlands, located in Central England and was described as "uncooperative" by law enforcement, and transported to an undisclosed police station in southern London. Counter-terrorism police do not believe there is a risk of further attacks at this stage.

A man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of terrorist offences, police said.

"The male driver of the vehicle was detained by officers at the scene", the police statement said.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said there were 676 live investigations being carried out by the security services and counter-terror police at the end of June, up from more than 500 in March.

This attack took place not far from the site of the March 2017 attack in which terrorist Khalid Masood killed four people and injured around 50 before crashing his auto into the railing in front of Parliament. Westminster Tube station is closed.

Television pictures from the incident showed armed police surrounding a silver saloon vehicle that had hit heavy barriers outside St. Stephen's Gate, the main public entrance to Parliament.

"It certainly appears to be a deliberate act, but what the motivation is we can't say", London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters.

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

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But among those to express their shock at the keen footballer's arrest was Anwar Mukhta, who said he has known the suspect for eight years.

Police said armed officers were deployed nearby when they raced to the scene.

Barry Williams, a BBC member of staff based at Millbank, said: "I heard lots of screams and turned round".

London Ambulance Service said they had treated two people at the scene for non-serious injuries and taken them to hospital.

The man allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle which crashed into pedestrians and cyclists in London has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism, police have confirmed.

Police quickly flooded the area, and cordoned off the streets surrounding the Houses of Parliament. Police shot that attacker dead.

The prime minister paid tribute to the "formidable courage" and professionalism of the emergency services who "ran towards a unsafe situation in order to protect the public".

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