Buckingham Palace terror: Second man questioned over sword attack is released without charge

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One of two men questioned over a suspected terror attack on police outside Buckingham Palace has been released without charge.

A counter-terrorism investigation was launched over the weekend after a knifeman deliberately drove a car at officers before repeatedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” and reaching for a four-foot sword, Scotland Yard said.

Three police officers were hurt as they tackled the young man, who launched into the attack on the Mall at just after 8.30pm on Friday.

Two men were arrested as part of the ongoing police probe, including a 26-year-old man from Luton who was taken into custody on Friday night. He remains in custody, the Met said today.

Another man, aged 30, was arrested in west London on Sunday. He has now been released with no further action, police said.

A counter-terrorism investigation was launched after the incident. (PA)

Officers still have until Friday to question the 26-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of terror offences, grievous bodily harm and assault on police, Scotland Yard said.

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, praised the quick action of the officers, two of whom needed hospital treatment for cuts.

“I would like to pay tribute to the bravery and professionalism of these officers who quickly brought this incident under control,” he said.

Police outside Buckingham Palace on Friday night. (@1amrighturwrong/Twitter)

“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 have been carried out in the Luton area.

“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.”

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