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Counterterrorism police at UK parliament investigate knife-wielding man

Armed police fired a stun gun at a man they said was acting suspiciously near the Carriage Gates entrance to parliament. Three months ago five people were killed in a terror attack nearby.

Großbritannien neue Sicherheitsmaßnahmen Houses of Parliament London (Getty Images/AFP/D. Leal-Olivas)

The Carriage Gates entrance to the Houses of Parliament

The Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) or SO15 Specialist Operations branch within London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are to investigate the incident on Friday morning, police said, adding: "We remain open minded as to whether terrorism was a motive."

"At 11:10hrs on Friday, 16 June, officers on routine duties near to the Carriage Gates entrance to the Palace of Westminster became aware of a man acting suspiciously," the police said in a statement on Friday afternoon. "The officers approached the man in order to speak with him. The man reached for a knife, and police discharged a Taser."

"The man - aged in his 30s - was arrested for possession of a knife. Nobody was injured," according to the police statement.

The suspect was taken to a police van by four, armed officers and is being held in a central London police station.

London Westminster und Parlament (Imago/ZUMA Press)

Westminster Bridge where an attack in March which left five dead and 49 injured began

"At this time it is too early to understand the motivation so we have not declared this a terrorist incident," police said. "However given the location, the circumstances and recent tragic events, the MPS Counter Terrorism Command will be investigating this incident."

Less than three months ago, a lone attacker killed five people, including a police officer in a combined car and knife attack initially along Westminster Bridge and then at the same entrance to parliament, the Carriage Gates.

Nach Terroranschlag in London (Picture alliance/empics/D. Lipinski)

Flowers left for the victims of the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack in June

Further east along the river earlier this month, three armed attackers killed eight people and injured dozens more as they drove a van into crowds on London Bridge before jumping out and randomly stabbing people. Within eight minutes of the first emergency call, the attackers were shot dead by police.

jm/msh (AP, Reuters)

 

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