Anti-terror police launch probe after knifeman arrested and officers injured near Buckingham Palace

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Anti-terror police have launched an investigation after officers were injured as they swooped on a knifeman near Buckingham Palace.

Police stormed the Mall after a man stopped his car in a restricted area of the Mall on Friday evening, Scotland Yard said.

Two officers patrolling the area spotted a large knife in the car and attempted to arrest the man, a spokesman added.

Both suffered minor injuries during the arrest and were taken to hospital.

Police teams secure the roads outside Buckingham Palace (Getty Images)

A 26-year-old man has been arrested under the terrorism act.

He has also been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and assault on police.

 An ambulance pictured on the Mall (Getty Images)

Witnesses described the moment armed police swooped on the tourist hotspot shortly after 8.30pm.

Nicole Kyle, 25, told the Standard: “I was walking toward The Mall and St James’s Park when I saw police rush down toward the palace in great numbers.

“As we got further down The Mall we saw armed police outside a police van, at which point we were able to walk closer to the palace still, where we were eventually stopped by a cordon. All we were told was that there’s been an incident.” 

Amir Jan Malik wrote on Twitter: “Being directed away from Buckingham Palace now as Police cordon it off.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or captured video or photographic footage is requested to contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. You can also provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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