LONDON – Eleven people were injured after a car drove into pedestrians outside London’s Natural History Museum, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Police said a man was detained after the “collision” at 2.21 p.m. local time (BST) on Saturday, and there were fears it could have been the sixth terror attack on Britain this year.
But more than three hours after the incident, police said it was not being treated as terror-related. “It is a road traffic collision,” they said.
The London Ambulance Service said 11 people were injured, nine of whom were taken to hospital. The injuries were mainly head and leg-related, it added, and were not life-threatening.
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In a statement, the Met said: “Whilst enquiries continue it is believed a car mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians.
“Eleven people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.
“The man detained by officers is currently under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station. The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident.”
After the incident, witnesses reported a car hitting pedestrians.
Armed police on the scene. People seen being seen being put into ambulances. Avoid the area.
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Witness footage appeared to show a man being held on the ground by three others following the collision. Here’s the video:
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And another view of the man being detained:
The attacker is neutralised on the floor pic.twitter.com/bUT0jHkU3I
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The incident took place in one of London’s most popular tourist destinations.
The area of South Kensington in which the collision occurred is home to a number of museums, including the Natural History and Science Museum. The Royal Albert Hall, which has heavy bollards erected outside its entrance, is also in the area.
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TV footage shows armed police on the scene. Sky News said the police response to the incident was similar to that of the London Bridge terror attack in June, during which eight people were killed when a van drove into pedestrians and three men went on a stabbing spree.
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