Posted on Aug 16, 2018
A man detained on suspicion of carrying out a terrorist attack outside Britain’s parliament is Salih Khater, a British citizen of Sudanese origin, a European security source told Reuters on Wednesday.
Police believe a car was deliberately driven into pedestrians and cyclists, injuring three people, before ramming a security barrier outside parliament on Tuesday morning.
The 29-year-old driver was arrested by armed officers at the scene moments later. He is currently being questioned on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism and on Wednesday was further arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
On Wednesday police said that they had obtained a warrant to detain him for longer before deciding whether to charge him.
The security source told Reuters that Khater was from Birmingham, central England, and was not known to security services before Tuesday.
Nassar Mahmood, a trustee at Birmingham Central Mosque, said that he had spoken to members of the local Sudanese community, and understood that Khater had gone to London for visa reasons and had paperwork with him.
“He was actually trying to apply for a visa, through the Sudanese embassy, to go back to Sudan,” he told reporters.
Mahmood said he had heard that Khater did not worship at the mosque and had not shown signs of radicalisation.
A spokesman for Coventry University, also in central England, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper Khater had studied accountancy from September 2017 until May 2018 but failed his first year course and lost his place.
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