When a car is captured by pedestrians in front of Natural History Museum in London, memories of terrorist attacks of past months are quickly awakened. Only hours later, police warn that incident is not a terrorist attack, but a traffic accident.
The incident in #ExhibitionRoad #SouthKensington earlier is not being treated as a terror-related incident. It is a road traffic collision.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) October 7th, 2017
Just after 2pm local time, a car in Kensington district was driven to a sidewalk and had captured several passers-by. According to police, eleven people were injured, nine of m were taken to hospitals. As British news channel BBC, citing a reporter on ground, reports that pedestrian injuries are not serious.
The police officially described incident as "collision" from outset. It locked area wide and blocked several streets. Shopkeepers were instructed to evacuate ir businesses. Photos showed a dented silver car. As eyewitnesses report, a large police force was quickly on spot. Ambulances were also being lifted and helicopters were circling in air. Prime Minister Theresa May was informed of incidents.
According to police, one person was arrested. Passers-by had overwhelmed man. The investigation was taken to clarify circumstances. The three major museums nearby met with special safety precautions. According to reports, Natural History Museum and Science Museum closed ir entrances for time being. The world famous Victoria and Albert Museum was first opened. The entrances to exhibition Road were closed, but museum twittered on Saturday afternoon. The police call on population to avoid area around site of accident during investigation.
A number of people have been injured in an incident involving a car in Exhibition road. Follow @metpoliceuk for updates. Pic.twitter.com/ZML00siGHu— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) October 7th, 2017
The incident aroused bad memories among many people in London: Britain has already become target of a terrorist attack five times this year. In mid-September, a self-built bomb exploded in a London subway. Around 30 people were injured. A man died in an attack on mosque visitors at end of June in British capital. Eight people died in early June in an attack on London's nightlife District Borough Market and London Bridge.
In a bomb attack on visitors of a concert in Manchester in May, 22 people died. In March, an assassin on Westminster Bridge in London was purposefully snapped into pedestrians, before he stabbed a policeman on site of Parliament. Five people died.
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