Police Treat London Crash As Terrorist Incident

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UPDATED: 1:10 p.m. The Latest on a crash outside the House of Parliament in London (all times local):
    
U.S. President Donald Trump has called a crash outside Britain’s Parliament “another terrorist attack in London.”
    
Trump tweeted: “These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!”
    
Three people were hurt when a speeding car struck pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into a barrier at Parliament on Tuesday morning.
    
British police say the crash appears to be deliberate they are treating is as an act of terrorism, but they have yet to determine the driver’s motive.
    
Trump has a history of tweeting about violence, or alleged violence, in London. He angered many when he said a London hospital was like a war zone because of knife violence.
    


    
12:00
    
London police say an incident in which a car was driven into a barrier near the Houses of Parliament appears to be a deliberate act. 
    
London Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu say the motorist who slammed into pedestrians and cyclists near Britain’s Houses of Parliament was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses.  The suspect is not cooperating with police.
    
Basu says no other suspects have been identified and there is no “intelligence” of further danger to London.
 


10:30 a.m. 
London’s Metropolitan Police say that they are treating the crash outside of Parliament as a terrorist incident.
    
Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that a man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses after the silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into the barriers during the morning rush hour.
    
He is in custody. No one else was in the car, which is being searched at the scene of the accident.
    
Two people were hurt, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
    


9:35 a.m.
    
London’s Metropolitan Police say that the Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.
    
There were a number of people injured in Tuesday’s incident, though none are in life-threatening condition.
    
The police force says it is keeping an open mind about the incident, which comes only a year after 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.

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