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Suspect in UK parliament car attack charged with attempted murder

Salih Khater, 29, a Sudanese-born British national living in Birmingham, will appear in court on Monday

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 August, 2018, 11:02am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 August, 2018, 11:02am

A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside Britain’s Parliament has been charged with attempted murder, police in London said.

The Metropolitan Police force said 29-year-old Salih Khater faces two charges – trying to kill police officers, and trying to kill members of the public.

Three people were injured when Khater, a British citizen originally from Sudan, hit a group of cyclists before colliding with security outside Parliament on Tuesday. Police say that was an attempt to murder police officers.

One injured person was treated at the scene and two were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated and released.

Within minutes of Tuesday’s morning rush-hour crash, police flooded the streets around Parliament and cordoned off an area of the city that is home to government buildings and tourist attractions including Westminster Abbey.

The crash came less than 18 months after an attacker drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people, then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead in a courtyard outside the parliament.

Less than three months later, a van rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge before three men abandoned the vehicle and attacked weekend revellers in the nearby Borough Market. Eight people were killed and 48 injured.

In June 2017, a far-right extremist drove a van into a crowd of worshippers leaving a London mosque, killing one man and injuring eight others.

Police say that because of the methodology and iconic location, prosecutors are treating the Parliament crash as terrorism, although Khater has not been charged with a terrorist offence.

Khater is due to appear in a London court on Monday.