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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

UK terrorist suspect in court

Salih Khater accused of driving into cyclists outside parliament

A court sketch of Salih Khater, 29, who is accused of attempted murder of pedestrians and police officers outside the Houses of Parliament. Elizabeth Cook  
A court sketch of Salih Khater, 29, who is accused of attempted murder of pedestrians and police officers outside the Houses of Parliament. Elizabeth Cook  

A Sudanese-born British man appeared in court on Monday to face two charges of attempted murder after a car careered into people and a barrier at the Houses of Parliament in London last week.

Police believe the car was deliberately driven into pedestrians and cyclists, before ramming a security barrier last Tuesday. Three people were injured in the incident.

Salih Khater, 29, was arrested at the scene. At Westminster Magistrates' Court, he wore a grey T-shirt and white trousers as the charges were read out of attempted murder of members of the public and the attempted murder of police officers.

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Mr Khater spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, nationality and address. Judge Emma Arbuthnot said he would held in custody before appearing at the Old Bailey on August 31. There was no bail application.

Police have said that they are treating the case as terrorism, because of the method, location and alleged targets.

Investigators have said it appeared to be the second terrorist attack at the parliament building in less than 18 months, after a British-born Muslim convert killed four people on Westminster Bridge in March last year.