Terror Suspect in Westminster Arrested
Police managed to stop a terror attack in Westminster after they arrested a man with a backpack full of knives near parliament. No one was injured and the man is now under custody.
Scotland Yard released the following statement:
“A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14.22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation.
The man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met’s specialist firearms command.
The man, aged in his late 20s, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Knives have been recovered from him.
He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station.
Detectives from the counter-terrorism command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.”
The area around Whitehall is secured, especially following the terrorist attack in Westminster last month where five people died. On 22 March, the Kent-born Khalid Masood drove a rented car into pedestrians before stabbing to death a policeman in the Palace of Westminster’s forecourt. He was then shot dead by armed police.
According to the Telegraph, eyewitnesses “described the man as being of mixed race with short hair and a short beard.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, congratulated police by tweeting, “Thanks to all officers who dealt swiftly & professionally with the incident in Whitehall. The Met Commissioner has briefed me on the arrest.”