The government’s Cobra committee held an emergency response team meeting, following the terrorist attack that occurred in Westminster recently.
On Tuesday (August 14th), a man drove a car into security barriers just outside of parliament early in the morning, allegedly with the intent to cause devastation.
A 29-year-old from Birmingham was arrested at the scene in central London and on-going investigations are currently taking place.
To prevent this – or worse – occurring again, the government’s COBRA emergency response committee met soon after to discuss the situation, Reuters reported.
The Metropolitan police released a statement, saying: “The priority of this investigation team continues to be to understand the motivation behind this incident.”
A European security source told the news provider that the driver of the vehicle was believed to be a British citizen of Sudanese origin.
While it is believed that the individual was in London to apply for a visa to return to Sudan via the Sudanese embassy, Britain’s counter-terrorism police chief said the iconic location of the act made it look “deliberate”, hence why it is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.
Armed police were on the scene quickly and dealt with it accordingly.
Furthermore, it mimics a similar attack that occurred at Westminster Bridge on March 22nd 2017. This tragic incident resulted in fatalities and injuries to several members of the public including a PC.