A man armed with a sword attacked a police officer on Friday evening outside Buckingham Palace in London, England. Police has described the situation as a “serious incident” and as a result, Buckingham Palace is under lockdown. The man has been taken into custody.
#BREAKING VIDEO :A MAN WITH A MACHETTE OR SWORD AT Buckingham Palace pic.twitter.com/V06fgRDNF7
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Officers responded to the sword attack at the mall of Buckingham Palace. Two officers reportedly suffered minor injuries in the course of detaining the subject.
“The man was stopped this evening, Friday 25 August at approximately 20:35 hours by officers at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace in possession of knife,” London Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “During the course of detaining him, two male police officers suffered minor injuries to their arm. The London Ambulance Service were called and they were treated at the scene. They have not been taken to hospital. No others persons have been reported injured. Officers remain on scene and inquiries are ongoing.”
One witness said that suspect appeared to be carrying machete, while another witness believed the weapon to be a sword. The suspect has been apprehended by authorities.
Incident happening at Buckingham palace #london pic.twitter.com/N8umIkvCrg
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Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth is away at Balmoral Castle, her residence in Scotland.
Police have not yet made any further comments regarding the incident at Buckingham Palace.
Unknown incident in vicinity of Buckingham Palace. Police have cordoned off part of The Mall/st james path. Unclear what it is. @BBCNews pic.twitter.com/8mLqu1BbBn
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This sword attack comes only hours after a man attacked two soldiers with a knife in Brussels. The man was shot, critically wounded, and rushed to a nearby hospital.