Car Into Pedestrians: London Police Won't Rule Out Act Of Terrorism

Car Into Pedestrians: London Police Won't Rule Out Act Of Terrorism

Car Into Pedestrians: London Police Won't Rule Out Act Of Terrorism

Police officers stand in the road outside the Natural History Museum, after a vehicle mounted the pavement injuring a number of pedestrians, police said, in London, Britain October 7, 2017.

Metropolitan Police said "the accident in the West London's South Kensington area is a collision and the incident is under investigation".

A spokesman later said the incident was not being treated as terrorism-related at this stage.

Crowds in the area, which is popular with families and tourists, fled screaming in panic when the auto veered onto the semi-pedestrianised Exhibition Road in South Kensington.

He said none of the head and leg injuries turned out to be serious and that most of the nine people who had been hospitalized have been discharged.

The Met said none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening or life changing.

"When we arrived there the incident had already taken place and the Police were responding".

Armed police were at the scene, and a video posted on Twitter showed a man being held down on the road next to a black auto that appeared to have crashed.

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Crowds in the area, which is also home to the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum, fled screaming in panic, an AFP reporter said.

Britain's official terrorist threat level is set at "severe" indicating an attack is judged to be highly likely.

Was it terrorism? The Metropolitan Police initially said officers had been called to a "collision" in the area, and that a man had been detained.

A nearby subway station was closed and a portion of the street was cordoned off, but otherwise police said London's museum district was safe for pedestrians and tourists to visit.

Officers had arrested a man aged in his 40s at the scene and he was now being questioned on suspicion of unsafe driving after being taken to hospital for treatment.

According to reports, London Police have arrested a man from the scene.

The Natural History Museum is in the bustling section of South Kensington, popular with both Londoners and tourists.

Vehicles have been used in a number of attacks throughout Europe in recent years. "My thoughts are with the injured".

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