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Westminster crash ‘an accident’ says friend of suspect

WESTMINSTER CRASH: Police stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament

A FRIEND of the man arrested over the Westminster crash outside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday has said it was all an "accident".

In an interview with ITV News, Anwar Mukhta, who claims to have known Salih Khater, the man arrested over the incident, for eight years said that the narrative currently being reported in the media will be proven to be a “lie”.

“It is an accident, it’s nothing to do with terrorists, it’s nothing to do with any organisation that tried to make an attack to any government department,” Mukhta told News

Khater is being held on charges of terrorism and attempted murder after allegedly driving his car, a Ford Fiesta, into cyclists and pedestrians outside the Houses of Parliament before colliding into a security barrier on Tuesday morning.

A British national, Khater is originally from Sudan.

Mukhta described him as a “very kind and quiet and decent person” and “very generous” and “very smiley”, ITV Newsreported.

The Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism unit is continuing to investigate the incident in which a number of people were injured.

Detectives have been given more time to question Khater, 29.

Assistant commissioner Neil Basu said on Tuesday that Khater was “not cooperating” with the Met’s investigation.

“Our priority is to formally identify the suspect and establish his motivations if we can. He is not currently co-operating,” he said.

He also reassured Londoners that there was no intelligence that they were subject to any further danger.

“At this early stage of the investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police. There is no intelligence of further danger to Londoners or the rest of the UK in connection with this incident,” he said.

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