Buckingham Palace incident

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On 25 August 2017, three police officers arrested a 26-year-old man in possession of a 4-foot long samurai sword inside a car near Buckingham Palace. The man had stopped his car after driving it towards a police vehicle. The police officers were slightly injured whilst making the arrest.[1]


Three police officers received minor injuries while attempting to arrest a 26-year-old man in possession of a sword, who had driven his car into a restricted area[2] outside Buckingham Palace in central London.[3][4] He struggled with the arresting officers, injuring two officers who were treated for their injuries at hospital and soon discharged.[5][1][5] The accused man also suffered injuries, he is alleged to have stopped his Toyota Prius in front of a police van after driving at or towards it.[6][7][8] The suspect reached for his sword while seated inside when officers challenged him.[9][10] He reportedly shouted "Allahu akbar" and was quickly subdued by police.[11][12]

The suspect, an Uber driver, is reported to have intended to attack Windsor Castle, but when he keyed it in, his satnav app directed him to a pub named "The Windsor Castle," and he decided to attack Buckingham Palace instead.[13][9][14]

Writers at publications including The Times and the London Review of Books have used the detail about how this Uber driver and would-be jihadist intended to attack Windsor Castle, but was guided by his satnav to The Windsor Castle pub, and ended up attacking Buckingham Palace instead, in discussions - sometimes humorous - about satnav and about Uber.[15][14][16][9][17][15]

Police investigation

The incident was investigated under the Terrorism Act.[18][2] The investigation was conducted by SO15, Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command.[6] Police said that the incident was being treated as terrorism but that they would remain open minded while the investigation continued, also that they were looking into the suspect’s mental-health history.[19]

Legal proceedings

The suspect was held in custody and on 31 August 2017 was charged at Westminster Magistrates' Court with "engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to his intention to commit an act or acts of terrorism".[20][21] He appeared at the Old Bailey on 21 September 2017 for a preliminary hearing relating to the same offence,[22] the trial was expected to take place early in 2018.[23] In January 2018, the suspect appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from Belmarsh prison, where he is being held, and pleaded not guilty to a charge of preparing to commit an act of terrorism; he was remanded to await a trial now scheduled for June 2018.[24]


The suspect, Mohiussunnath Choudhury, a 26-year-old British Bangladeshi immigrant,[25][26][9][27] was born in Bangladesh but holds British citizenship.[5] He lived with his parents and sister in Luton and attended St. Lawrence Primary School and Uxbridge High School, London.[28]

The suspect left a note for his sister,[29] telling her that he would be in heaven by the time she read it.[9][30] He also left a document on his computer in which he wrote, "Tell everyone that I love them and that they should struggle against the enemies of Allah with their lives and their property,... The queen and her soldiers will all be in the hellfire.”[9][31][17] The Salisbury Review published a fuller version of the letter, "The Queen and her soldiers will all be in the hellfire they go to war with Muslims around the world and kill them without any mercy."[15] According to the Wall Street Journal, the suspect conducted numerous searches on the Islamic State in the two months preceding the incident, and had searched for material showing ISIS supporters celebrating the 2017 Westminster attack.[9]


Europe has been on high alert following a series of attacks since 2014,[32][33] and three terror attacks in London and one in Manchester since March 2017: the Westminster attack in March, the London Bridge attack in June and the Finsbury Park attack a few weeks later, and the May Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester.[34][35][36][37]. The incident took place on the same day as an attack in Brussels.[38][39][40][41]

A nationwide survey conducted by the Police Federation of England and Wales in late 2017 found that 55% of officers were then willing to carry a gun on duty if so requested, an increase of over 10% compared with the previous survey in 2006, and that over a third of officers supported the carrying of guns on routine patrol duty, compared with 23% in 2006. However the greatest support among officers surveyed was not for guns to be issued routinely, but rather for more police to be trained to use firearms so that they could use them when needed.[3]


Prime Minister Theresa May stated the police acted "quickly and bravely to protect the public."[42]

See also


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