LONDON (AP) — A man armed with a knife was detained outside London’s Buckingham Palace Friday evening, and two police officers were injured while arresting him, police said.
The Metropolitan Police force said two officers suffered minor arm injuries while detaining the suspect, who is being held on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting police.
Police said the officers did not require hospital treatment. No other injuries were reported.
Police said it was too early to say whether the incident was terrorism-related.
A large number of police vehicles could be seen in the Mall, the wide road outside the palace, and the road was cordoned off with police tape.
Witness Kiana Williamson said she saw police officers trying to wrestle a man out of a car that had stopped near the palace. In less than a minute, “the man had been restrained and looked almost unconscious by the side of the road,” she said.
In 1982, an intruder managed to sneak into the queen’s private chambers while she was in bed. Elizabeth spent 10 minutes chatting with him before calling for help.
A palace spokeswoman said the palace did not comment on security issues.