Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

Metropolitan Police say London Natural History Museum incident is not terror-related

Metropolitan Police say London Natural History Museum incident is not terror-related

A minicab driver sparked a major terror alert when his auto ploughed into pedestrians in the heart of one of London's busiest tourist areas, leaving 11 people injured.

"Police have asked people to avoid the area while their inquiries continue", he said.

"All of these police came marching down saying, 'Move, move.' They said, 'you need to evacuate, '" she said.

While the injuries sustained are believed to be minor, the person believed to be responsible was seen pinned to the ground by police before being detained.

The police also said that the officers are on scene, and the London Ambulance Service has been called.

Britain is on its second-highest security alert level, with an attack by militants considered highly likely.

The Natural History Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, one of the British capital's most upmarket districts and home to a host of other museums, restaurants as well as university buildings.

Downing Street confirmed Theresa May was being kept updated about the incident - which saw multiple Tube stations shut as police investigated.

Police described the incident as a collision.

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The incident sparked fears of a terrorist attack in an area busy with tourists and families.

'The man detained by officers is now under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station.

A spokesman for the force said: "It is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured".

What happened: A auto mounted the sidewalk near the South Kensington museum at around 2:20 p.m. local time, hitting several pedestrians.

A senior government security source reportedly said the driver of the vehicle blacked out, Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times political editor said on Twitter. He says "It was quite scary".

THE organiser of Wemsfest has told of the aftermath of the incident at the Natural History Museum in London earlier today. Police are dealing with the incident'.

The Natural History Museum is one of London's most popular attractions, with 4.6 million visitors a year.

He said "details are still emerging" about the incident Saturday and that he is in close contact with Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley, who plays a lead role in the police's counter-terrorism operation.

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