The man arrested yesterday on suspicion of terror offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.
Khater, a 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, has also been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Met Police said on Wednesday.
Mr Khater apparently came to Britain in 2010 before successfully applying for UK citizenship in the past two years.
He studied English as a second or foreign language at City College from 2010 to 2011, later studying a diploma in science at South and City College in Birmingham from 2014 to 2017.
More recently, Mr Khater studied accountancy at Coventry University from September 2017 to May this year, a spokesman for the university said although he is no longer enrolled there.
He apparently lived in a first-floor flat above a parade of shops in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham until four months ago, when he moved to the city’s Highgate area.
The Westminster terror crash suspect has been named as Salih Khater.@skymarkwhite details what we know about the 29-year-old British citizen.
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Khater is alleged to have driven the silver Ford Fiesta, which then crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament yesterday morning, injuring three people.
A man and a woman were taken to hospital after the crash and later discharged, while another man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Police have concluded searches of two properties in Birmingham and one in Nottingham, and are currently searching a third address in Birmingham.
As a result of the incident, it’s understood that Westminster is likely to become a fully pedestrian area.