Vehicle hits pedestrians at United Kingdom parliament in suspected terrorist attack

The suspect, reportedly from the Midlands, located in Central England and was described as "uncooperative" by law enforcement, and transported to an undisclosed police station in southern London.

He is believed to have been known to local police, but not counter-terrorism police or MI5.

The latest terror attack occurred just steps from the site of one in March 2017, when Khalid Masood rammed his vehicle into a crowd walking along Westminster Bridge.

London Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu say the motorist who slammed into pedestrians and cyclists near Britain's Houses of Parliament was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses.

Police said they arrested the male driver, though no further details were provided. It added he was not known to intelligence services before Tuesday.

The same area was the site of a terror attack in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ploughed a auto into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.

Several streets around Parliament were blocked off and the Westminster Underground station was closed.

Police activity on Millbank, in central London, after a auto crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

Another attack on London unfolded yesterday as a silver Ford Fiesta ploughed into cyclists before colliding with security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

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Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police's assistant commissioner responsible for leading counter terrorism, said that the man arrested is "not now cooperating" with police.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said "all Londoners, like me, utterly condemn all acts of terrorism on our city". Officers remain at the scene.

He said the man, who was now being questioned by police, was not cooperating with officers.

"I heard a few shouts, looked up and this silver auto was driving at high speed the wrong way into the cyclists", the 31-year-old said.

In March a year ago, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge and stabbed to death an unarmed police officer in the grounds of Parliament before being shot dead.

The mystery van (circled in red) stops after cyclists and pedestrians are run down and then changes lanes as it appears to follow the driver (highlighted in white shade). A woman was also being treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries, he said.

"I saw smoke coming out of the vehicle". He was shot dead at the scene.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, "Huge thanks to our emergency services for their rapid reaction to incident in Westminster this morning".

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