Counter-terror police are now investigating incident of three police officers injured while arresting a man with a 4ft sword outside Buckingham Palace.
"Just after 8.30pm, a car deliberately drove at a police van and stopped in front of it in a restricted area on Constitution Hill near Buckingham Palace.
The unarmed police constables from Westminster borough approached a blue Toyota Prius car andchallenged the driver, he reached for what we now know to be a four-foot sword which was in the front passenger foot well.
"During the course of detaining the man, three male police officers suffered minor injuries." as the man repeatedly shouted Allahu Akbar, was then incapacitated with CS spray.
The Queen was not in residence at the time of the security scare.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said it did not comment on security issues.
The man, aged 26 and from the Luton area, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command are now investigating the incident which occurred near Buckingham Palace on the evening of Friday, 25 August.
Two of the officers were taken by ambulance to hospital with minor cuts and discharged a short time later.
The incident is being treated as terrorism but police will remain open minded while the investigation continues.
Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the bravery and professionalism of these officers who quickly brought this incident under control. Their vigilance, courage and the swiftness of their response demonstrates how our officers are protecting the public at this time.
“Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command are now investigating and searches are being carried out in the Luton area today.
“We believe the man was acting alone and we are not looking for other suspects at this stage. While we cannot speculate on what the man was intending to do - this will be determined during the course of the investigation - it is only right that we investigate this as a terrorist incident at this time.
“I would urge anybody who witnessed the incident or has any information or images that may assist the investigation to contact the confidential hotline on 0800 789 321.”
Commander Haydon added: “This is a timely reminder that the threat from terrorism in the UK remains severe. The police, together with the security services, are doing everything we can to protect the public and we already have an enhanced policing plan over the Bank Holiday weekend to keep the public safe.
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