August 18, 2018 / 8:38 PM / 4 months ago

Man to appear in court on Monday over UK parliament car incident

FILE PHOTO: Cyclists pedal to work as police officers stand at the vehicle barrier to the Houses of Parliament where a car crashed after knocking down cyclists and pedestrians yesterday in Westminster, London, Britain, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Sudanese-born British national Salih Khater was charged with two counts of attempted murder on Saturday and will appear in court on Monday after a car careered into people and a barrier at Britain’s parliament earlier this week, police said.

Khater will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with the attempted murders of members of the public and of police officers, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“Due to the methodology, iconic location and the alleged targeting of civilians and police officers, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) are treating this case as terrorism,” it said.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Andrew Roche

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