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London car attack suspect charged with attempted murder

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-08-19 07:11
The car that was driven at pedestrians and cyclists in Westminster then crashed into the barrier outside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday is seen in an image handed out by the Metropolitan Police in London, on Aug15, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

LONDON -- Scotland Yard on Saturday said that the suspect who slammed his car into security barriers outside the British Parliament on Tuesday was charged with the attempted murder of members of the public and the attempted murder of police officers.

 , the 29-year-old British citizen of Sudanese origin, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the car crash.

He allegedly drove his Ford Fiesta into commuters and towards police officers before hitting a security barrier outside Parliament on Tuesday morning.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. They have now been discharged. Another man was treated on the scene.

Police have been granted a warrant to hold Khater in custody until Monday after his arrest on suspicion of preparing an act of terror.

The suspect was unknown to MI5, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The British Parliament is not far from the Westminster Bridge, where a terrorist attack took place in March 2017 when a man ploughed a car into crowds, killing five people.

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