Man armed with a knife arrested after attacking police at Buckingham Palace in London

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 August, 2017, 5:45am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 August, 2017, 5:45am

A man armed with a knife was detained outside London’s Buckingham Palace on Friday evening, and two police officers were injured while arresting him, police said.

The Metropolitan Police force said two officers suffered minor injuries while detaining the suspect, who is being held on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting police.

Police said the officers did not require hospital treatment. No other injuries were reported.

A large number of police vehicles could be seen in the Mall, the wide road outside the palace.

Police said it was too early to say whether the incident was terrorism-related. On Friday, Belgian police shot dead a man who attacked soldiers while shouting ‘allahu akbar’ (Arabic for God is Great).

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Britain has been hit this year by four militant attacks in which 36 people were killed, and the country’s threat level is at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Buckingham Palace is one of London’s main tourist attractions, and the London home of Queen Elizabeth II.

The queen, however, usually spends August in Scotland at her Balmoral estate with family members.

Police stepped up patrols around major UK tourist sites after attacks with vehicles and knives earlier this year on Westminster Bridge, which is near Parliament, and London Bridge.

Buckingham Palace, which is surrounded by tall gates, has seen past security breaches. Last year, a man convicted of murder climbed a wall while the queen was at home, and was detained in the grounds.

In 1982, an intruder managed to sneak into the queen’s private chambers while she was in bed. Elizabeth spent 10 minutes chatting with him before calling for help.

A palace spokeswoman said the palace did not comment on security issues.