Police have thwarted a suspected terrorist attack in central London on Thursday, April 27. An armed man was arrested who was alleged carrying knives near the Houses of Parliament. 27-year-old, suspected attacker was arrested from a place just meters away from the scene of Westminster bridge and the parliamentary estate.
The suspect was pinned to the ground after he was arrested at 2:22 pm. Soon after the arrest forensic officers examined the site where a knife had fallen on the road. Investigators are of the view that he was to launch an attack, however was stopped by armed officers. As the investigations will proceed, his actual target and motive will be established.
In keeping with official statement issued by the police, the arrest came at the junction of Parliament Street and Parliament Square. Police said in a statement: “A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14.22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation. The man was arrested in Parliament Street … by armed officers from the Met’s specialist firearms command.
The man, aged in his late 20s, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Knives have been recovered from him.
He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station. Detectives from the counterterrorism command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.”