London attacks: Eight held in Britain on suspicion of preparing ‘terrorist acts’

Eight people have been arrested after a terror attack on the British parliament on Wednesday, which killed four people and injured 29 others, police say.
British police make several arrests after a raid on a house in Birmingham as part of an investigation into Wednesday's attack on parliament.
Police officers stand at the exit as people are seen inside the pods on the London Eye after it was stopped following an attack on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain on March 22, 2017.
Police officers stand at the exit as people are seen inside the pods on the London Eye after it was stopped following an attack on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain on March 22, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
People cross Westminster Bridge as it is re-opened after an attack in London, Britain, March 23, 2017.
People cross Westminster Bridge as it is re-opened after an attack in London, Britain, March 23, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
  • Police suspect 'Islamist-related terrorism' behind attack      
  • PM Theresa May calls attack 'sick and depraved'
  • 4, including attacker and a cop, killed; 40 others injured

LONDON (AFP) – The eight people arrested following the attack outside the British parliament are being investigated “on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts,” police said on Thursday (March 23).

They also said that five people remained in critical condition and two more had life-threatening injuries after the attacker ploughed into pedestrians on Wednesday before stabbing a policeman and being shot dead.

Police named the attacker as 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who had a string of convictions but none of them terror-related.

The eight arrested included two women and five men arrested at three addresses in the central city of Birmingham and a woman arrested in London.

The police statement said that there had also been a raid in Wales in which no arrests were made.

“Detectives are continuing to search” the sites that were raided, the police said.

It said the seven arrested in Birmingham were being held under the Terrorism Act, which allows for longer detention times before charging.