Terror suspect was in London ‘to get Sudanese visa’


The suspect held over the Westminster terror crash was in the capital to get a Sudanese visa, Sky News understands.

Salih Khater – a British citizen of Sudanese origin – had his papers with him and was trying to apply for a visa via the Sudanese embassy, trustee of Birmingham central mosque Nassar Mahmood said.

The 29-year-old suspect was not known as “fervent worshipper” in Birmingham, Mr Mahmood added.

He remains in police custody after his arrest on suspicion of preparing an act of terror. Police confirmed they had also arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder.

The damage to the front of the car is clearly seen from the air
Image: The damage to the front of the car is clearly seen from the air

A Facebook page for a man of the same name as the suspect says he lives in Birmingham, works as a shop manager, and has studied at Sudan University of Science and Technology.

Police concluded their searches of two addresses in Birmingham and one in Nottingham on Wednesday morning.

They continue to search a third address in Birmingham, after a car smashed into barriers near Parliament on Tuesday morning.

Westminster attack suspect Salih Khater
Image: Westminster attack suspect Salih Khater

The Met confirmed he is a UK national of Sudanese origin.

Officers revealed the driver travelled from Birmingham to London on Monday night and arrived in the capital just after midnight.

He remained in the Tottenham Court Road area, close to Oxford Street, from around 1.25am until 5.55am.

Video: Terror suspect’s route revealed

The silver Ford Fiesta was then driven to Westminster and Whitehall for about 6am and stayed in the area until the time of the attack.

It hit cyclists and pedestrians at 7.37am before crashing into security barriers.

The suspect was unknown to MI5 and “not currently cooperating”, the Metropolitan Police said afterwards.

Police attend car crash scene near Houses of Parliament 1:13
Video: Moment armed police swoop on car

His vehicle was removed late on Tuesday night.

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A man and a woman were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries after the vehicle hit cyclists in rush hour, but they have now been discharged.

Police recover the car driven by a 29-year-old man, who is a UK national, who was arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terror after the silver Ford Fiesta he was driving collided with cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into a security barrier outside the Houses of Parliament in central London just before 7.40am on Tuesday.
Image: The vehicle was removed late on Tuesday night

Another man was also treated at the scene.

Witnesses have described how the car came “whipping round the corner” and drove through about a dozen cyclists.

Robert Nicholson told Sky News he saw the incident unfold as he was waiting in a “safe cycling box” near Parliament.

Robert Nicholson witnesses the Westminster incident 2:10
Video: Cyclist ‘flew up on car bonnet’ during attack

He chased the car after the impact left one woman flying up “onto the bonnet” and snapped the frame of one of the bikes.

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Met Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “There is no intelligence at this time of further danger to Londoners or to the rest of the UK connected to this incident.”

Project Servator officers, specially trained to recognise anyone displaying subtle signs of anxiety, have been deployed in Westminster to identify any other potential attackers.

From – SkyNews


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