Several pedestrians were injured after a car mounted the pavement near Natural History Museum in London today, Scotland Yard said. The Scotland Yard has detained one following the incident in Exhibition Road in South Kensington. Metropolitan Police in a statement said, “It is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured.” The statement further said that officers were on the scene, and the London Ambulance Service has been called.
It is not clear that the incident which took place today had any terrorism connection, according to PTI. “A man has been detained at the scene. Enquiries to establish the circumstances are underway,” the statement said. The Met Police have also clarified that the man has been detained rather than being arrested. A Downing Street spokesperson said British Prime Minister Theresa May is “being kept up to date on events”. A BBC reporter was leaving the Natural History Museum as the incident occurred.
A BBC reporter who was leaving the Natural History Museum as the incident occurred said that she saw a car diagonally come across the road looking like it was going into one of the boulders on the side of the road. She further said, ” I could see a crowd of people around what was clearly one or two people on the pavement,” she said, confirming there were armed police at the scene. We have had lots of police coming onto the scene, helicopters above, and I can see an ambulance which is definitely having someone put in, but it isn’t clear how bad that injury is.”
The incident is not one of its kind. Vehicles have been used before to target pedestrians in London, including at London Bridge in June which claimed eight lives. In March, a terrorist rammed his vehicle into the side of the Parliament building in the British capital killing four people.