Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace MP has admitted the suspect in the car ramming that authorities are currently treating as a terrorist incident is a “British citizen [who] came from another country originally” — or, in common parlance, an immigrant.
It is not clear why Wallace chose such a tortuous form of words when making the admission, but he did confirm that the apparent attack was “only being treated at the moment as a terrorist incident, and we haven’t yet fully confirmed that either.”
Wallace did not disclose the original nationality or religious background of the man, a black male in his late twenties, only noting that the authorities have received no indication that the “incident” is part of a broader attack.
"He's a British citizen who came from another country originally" – Security minister @BWallaceMP gives details on suspect detained after suspected terrorist incident in Westminster https://t.co/MGkSIh0qMb pic.twitter.com/DeBn1iUQup
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) August 14, 2018
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu earlier confirmed that one woman was hospitalised with “serious but thankfully, non-life threatening injuries” after the suspect “collided with cyclists and pedestrians before hitting a barrier and coming to a stop.”
He added: “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the Counter-Terrorism Command.”
Another terrorist attack in London…These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
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