Man held after incident at UK parliament arrested for attempted murder

  • A man detained over a suspected terror attack outside British parliament has been further arrested for attempted murder.
  • Salih Khater has been named as the suspect responsible for carrying out a terrorist attack outside Britain's parliament, Reuters reported.
  • Police confirmed media reports that the man is a U.K. national originally from Sudan.
Forensic officers look towards a vehicle after it crashed into security barriers, injuring a number of pedestrians, outside the Houses of Parliament on August 14, 2018, in London, England.
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Forensic officers look towards a vehicle after it crashed into security barriers, injuring a number of pedestrians, outside the Houses of Parliament on August 14, 2018, in London, England.

A 29-year-old man detained over a suspected terrorist attack outside parliament has been further arrested for attempted murder, police said on Wednesday.

He had initially been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after he appeared deliberately to drive his car at cyclists and pedestrians before ramming it into barriers outside the parliament building on Tuesday morning.

Police confirmed media reports that the man is a U.K. national originally from Sudan. He has been named by a security source as Salih Khater.

"We are satisfied that we know the identity of the arrested man," police said in a statement. "The priority of the investigation team continues to be to understand the motivation behind this incident."