London ramming suspect charged

Driver suspected of ramming his car into several people outside Britain's Parliament charged with attempted murder.

Elad Benari,

Scene of London ramming incident
Scene of London ramming incident
Reuters

A driver suspected of ramming his car into several people before crashing outside Britain's Parliament last week has been charged with attempted murder, police in London said Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

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.

Khater is a British citizen originally from Sudan. Three people were injured when he hit a group of cyclists before colliding with security outside Parliament on Tuesday.

Police say the incident was an attempt to murder police officers. Khater is due to appear in a London court on Monday.

One victim was treated at the scene and two were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated and released, according to AP.

Britain has suffered several terrorist attacks in recent years, including four deadly attacks last year that killed 36 people.

Tuesday’s crash came less than 18 months after an attacker plowed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people, then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead in a courtyard outside Parliament.

The Westminster Bridge attack was followed by a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester which killed 22.

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

MI5 chief Andrew Parker warned recently that Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists are plotting “devastating and more complex attacks” and called for a close security partnership between Britain and the European Union.








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