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Man arrested after knife attack outside Buckingham Palace

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By Agence France-Presse

A man was arrested on Friday after attacking police with a knife outside Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace residence in London, police said.

Police officers stand guard at a police cordon next to Buckingham Palace following an incident where a man armed with a knife was arrested outside the palace following a disturbance in London on August 26, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / CHRIS J RATCLIFFE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Police officers stand guard at a police cordon next to Buckingham Palace following an incident where a man armed with a knife was arrested outside the palace following a disturbance in London on August 26, 2017.
(AFP PHOTO / CHRIS J RATCLIFFE / MANILA BULLETIN)

The attacker, believed to be aged in his early twenties, stopped his car near a police vehicle outside the world famous palace at around 8.35pm (1935 GMT), according to a Metropolitan Police statement.

“Officers spotted a large knife in his vehicle and went to arrest him,” said the statement. “During the course of detaining the man, two male police officers suffered minor injuries to their arm.”

The officers required hospital treatment, according to police, who said it was too early to say whether the attack was an act of terrorism.

The attack comes with Britain and much of Europe on high alert following a string of major attacks over the past two years, most of which have been claimed by, or blamed on jihadists:

In Britain alone a total of 35 people have been killed three attacks in London and Manchester since March.

Two of those involved a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians.

The other attack was a bombing in May at a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the Manchester which killed 22 people including children.

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