Buckingham Palace attack: Second man arrested in Luton anti-terror swoop after officers injured by suspect armed with 4ft sword

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Counter-terrorism police have arrested a second man after a driver swerved at officers near Buckingham Palace before reaching for a 4ft sword.

Three officers were injured as they tackled the suspect in a restricted area of the Mall on Friday evening.

Detectives have been granted more time to quiz a 26-year-old Luton man who was arrested at the scene under the terrorism act.

He is also being held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and assaulting police.

An ambulance leaves the scene following the attack (Getty Images)

Officers today arrested a second 30-year-old man from west London on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.

On Saturday morning Scotland Yard said they were treating the incident as terrorism.

A spokesman described how the suspect veered into a police van in a blue Toyota Prius.

Police outside Buckingham Palace (@1amrighturwrong/Twitter)

Unarmed officers swooped on the vehicle and attempted to restrain the man who then reached for the weapon while repeatedly yelling “Allahu Akbar”, he added.

CS spray was used during the arrest.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met’s counter-terrorism squad, later said investigations were being carried out in Luton and paid tribute to the officers involved. 

He 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.”

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