The Ukrainian ambassador’s official car was deliberately rammed on Saturday morning as it sat parked in front of the embassy, an embassy statement Saturday afternoon said.
“The police were called immediately, and the suspect’s vehicle was blocked up. Nevertheless, despite the police
actions, the attacker hit the ambassador’s car again. In response, the police were forced to open fire on the
perpetrator’s vehicle,” it added.
No diplomatic staff were injured in the incident, which took place around 10:00 a.m. local time (0900 UTC) in the British capital’s exclusive Holland Park area, but only came to light later in the day.
“The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station. The police are investigating the suspect’s identity and motive for the attack,” the statement added.
London’s Metropolitan Police later confirmed the ramming and subsequent shooting in a statement.
“Police were called at approximately 08:30hrs on Saturday, 13 April to reports of a car in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy in Holland Park. As part of the protective security arrangements for London, armed and unarmed officers were deployed to this incident,” the statement said.
“On arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers. Police firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man, aged in his 40s, was arrested,” it added.
Police said the incident was not being treated as a terror related.
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mm/jlw (AFP, Reuters)