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Man arrested after car crash near Houses of Parliament

Refugee from Sudan held on suspicion of terror offences

17 August, 2018 — By Tom Foot

A REFUGEE from Sudan is being held on suspicion of terror offences and attempted murder after a car crash outside the Houses of Parliament.

Salih Khater, 29, was driving a car that crashed into security barriers at around 7.40am on Tuesday.

Three people were injured when the silver Ford Fiesta hit cyclists and pedestrians as it veered out of a lane coming off Parliament Square. A man and a woman were taken to hospital after the crash and later discharged, while another man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Police said the car was driven to London from Birmingham the night before, arriving just after midnight on Tuesday.

It then spent nearly five hours in the Tottenham Court Road area before being driven around Westminster for more than 90 minutes before the crash.

Mr Khater’s brother said he had no fanatical ideas or links to any religious group.

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