Second man arrested in Buckingham Palace terrorism incident

Reuters, AP

British police announced Sunday a second arrest in connection with an assault on three police officers by a man armed with a 4-foot (120 cm) sword outside Buckingham Palace in London on Friday.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at an address in west London on suspicion of being “involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism,” police said.

A man deliberately drove at a police van close to Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence in the British capital late Friday and was detained by three police officers, who sustained minor injuries.

A 26-year-old arrested at the scene remains in custody after a warrant for his detention until Sept. 1 was granted, a police spokesman said.

The man arrested Friday repeatedly shouted “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great”) in Arabic.

British media reported that no members of the royal family were in the palace at the time the incident took place, and palace officials declined to make any comment.