The Police in the United Kingdom are trying to unravel the motivation of a man said to be in his twenties who drove solo and crashed a car outside the House of Parliament in the early hours of Tuesday.
Three persons were injured in the crash, mainly made up of pedestrians and cyclist into whom the car driver swerved before the crash
According to the BBC, the suspect is not believed to be known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police, and is not co-operating with officers.
It quoted Scotland Yard’s head of counter terrorism Assistant Commissioner Neil Basie as saying “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident.”
No-one else was in the car and no weapons have been found.
The government held a meeting of its Cobra emergency committee and the prime minister has paid tribute to the “formidable courage” and professionalism of the emergency services who “ran towards a dangerous situation in order to protect the public”.
Urging the public to remain vigilant but “carry on as normal”, Theresa May added: “For the second time in as many years the home of our democracy, which is a potent symbol of our precious values of tolerance and freedom, has witnessed terrible scenes just yards from its door.”
The suspect, who has not been formally identified, is being held at a south London police station and the vehicle is being searched.