News World Man who drove car into police at UK parliament guilty of attempted...

Man who drove car into police at UK parliament guilty of attempted murder

A man who drove his car into cyclists and then rammed it into barriers outside Britain’s parliament narrowly missing police officers was found guilty of attempted murder on Wednesday in what prosecutors said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

Salih Khater, 30, drove his Ford Fiesta around the square outside parliament in central London four times before he accelerated into cyclists at a crossing and veered across the road into a security lane and crashed into the barriers.

Two police officers managed to jump out of the way but several cyclists needed hospital treatment for their injuries.

The incident last August appeared to be the second terrorist attack at parliament in under 18 months. In March 2017, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge and stabbed an unarmed police officer to death in the grounds of parliament before being shot dead.

“It was only quick reactions and good luck that stopped Salih Khater killing anyone,” said Jenny Hopkins from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

She said his driving was so precise that it had been hard for skilled accident investigators to replicate the manoeuvre.

“Whatever his motives, this was not an accident. It was a deliberate attempt to kill and maim as many people as possible,” Hopkins said in a statement.

London’s Old Bailey court heard that Khater had travelled to the capital from Birmingham, central England, in the early hours of Aug. 14 and then carried out reconnaissance of the area.

Prosecutors from the CPS counter-terrorism division said it was reasonable to assume Khater had a terrorism motive because of the site of the incident and previous attacks.

Khater had argued that it was an accident. He will be sentenced a later date.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Attica in ‘orange alert’ state – new emergency covid measures announced

Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardalias has announced emergency measures aiming to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Attica. A daily...

Kiti Bishop Nektarios test positive to the coronavirus

Kiti Bishop Nektarios (pictured) has, according to information, tested positive for the coronavirus. It is reminded that the Bishop after coming into contact with one...

Seven new coronavirus cases detected out of 3,039 tests

The Ministry of Health has announced that 7 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected in Cyprus over the past 24 hours out...

There will be covid cases at schools but an outbreak must be avoided, Dr. Pana says

There will be positive COVID-19 cases at schools, but we must aim at avoiding an outbreak through contamination points, said Zoe-Dorothea Pana, a Lecturer...

Mitsotakis and Tsiodras sound alarm over rise in coronavirus cases, especially in Attica

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the health ministry's representative for the novel coronavirus pandemic, epidemiology expert Dr. Sotiris Tsiodras, sounded the alarm over the...

Taste

Chicken with okra and bulgur wheat

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the okra until golden. Remove the okra, lay out in an oven tray and sprinkle with...

Swordfish with aubergines

To toast the sesame seeds: place sesame seeds in a small non-stick frying pan over low heat and stir until you begin to smell...

Ravioli

Just a little before serving, heat the broth and add the ravioli. (If the ravioli is frozen you don’t have to defrost). Heat them...

Seafood kebab with avocado salad

Place the mussels, shrimps and salmon in a bowl together with tarragon and lemon zest. Season and cover, keeping in the fridge for 15...