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Suspect arrested outside Buckingham Palace was heard shouting 'Allahu Akbar'

  • The officers suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment.
  • The man, who is in his mid-twenties according to the police, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
  • A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said she was unable to comment at this stage on the motivation for the incident.
Police teams secure the roads behind a cordoned area following an apparent attack on two police officers at Buckingham Palace on August 25, 2017 in London, England. Two officers were slightly injured while arresting the man who was carrying a bladed weapon.
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Police teams secure the roads behind a cordoned area following an apparent attack on two police officers at Buckingham Palace on August 25, 2017 in London, England. Two officers were slightly injured while arresting the man who was carrying a bladed weapon.

A man driving a car and armed with four-foot sword who assaulted two police officers outside Britain's Buckingham Palace was heard repeatedly shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest).

The man, now being held by counter-terrorism police, deliberately drove at a police van and stopped in front of it in an area close to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth's London residence, police said.

Unarmed officers challenged the driver, the only person in the car, who reached for a four-foot sword from the front passenger foot-well.

"The officers acted very quickly to detain him. During a struggle the three officers sustained minor injuries. The man, who repeatedly shouted "Allahu Akbar", was incapacitated with (pepper) spray," police said.