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11 pedestrians hit near London museum; incident not terror-related, officials say

08 October 2017
11 pedestrians hit near London museum; incident not terror-related, officials say

A vehicle rammed into pedestrians outside London's Natural History Museum on Saturday, 7 October leaving several people injured.

British media reported a auto had mounted the sidewalk outside the tourist attraction, one of several large museums in that area of South Kensington, west London, and police said a man had been detained at the scene.

A large number of pedestrians were seriously injured after a auto rammed into the pavement outside the Natural History Museum in the South Kensington area of west London on Saturday.

A BBC reporter at the scene said the injuries were described by police as minor.

"A man has been detained by police", police said on Twitter.

Mark Ringwood from Emsworth was in the capital this afternoon when a auto ploughed into pedestrians near the Natural History Museum which has left 11 people injured. Police helicopters circled the scene overhead.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that details were "still emerging" and he was in close contact with Assistant Metropolitan Commissioner Mark Rowley - the head of United Kingdom counter-terrorism policing. Police said none of the injuries were life-threatening or life-changing.

The crash happened at 2.20pm on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians including global tourists.

'The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident'.

The terror threat level in the country is "severe", which means a terror attack is highly likely.

Police patrol around the scene of the attack.

Video footage posted on Twitter showed the man being restrained on the ground by members of the public. The driver, Darren Osborne, 47, a resident of Cardiff, Wales, was arrested at the scene, CNN reported. In March, an assassin on Westminster Bridge in London was purposefully snapped into pedestrians, before he stabbed a policeman on site of Parliament.

The suspect, identified as a 52-year-old British man named Khalid Masood, also stabbed an unarmed police officer. Later, he was shot dead by cops. Around 30 people were injured.