Eleven hurt after auto crashes near London museum; Terrorism ruled out

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Eleven people were injured on Saturday when a auto collided with pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum, in one of the capital's busiest tourist areas, but police doused concerns it was a terrorist attack, saying it was a road traffic incident.

A man arrested in a London auto collision that injured at least 11 people has been released and is under investigation.

Those hurt were mostly suffering from head or leg injuries, the London Ambulance Service said. "Thankfully there are no serious injuries with the majority now discharged from hospital", said Detective Constable Darren Case from the Met Police Roads and Transport Policing Command.

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

In the aftermath of the crash, which saw the vehicle mount the pavement, police said that it "is not being treated as a terror-related incident" and instead as a road traffic collision.

"Enquiries have established that this incident is not terrorist related and I'd like to thank those who came to assist the injured", he said. He went on to advise tourists and residents that all the museums and attractions in that area would be open for business as normal on Sunday. Officers had arrested a man at the scene and he was now being questioned.

India's defence minister interacts with Chinese soldiers at border checkpoint
Sithraman has visited forward areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the world's highest battlefield, Siachen. Earlier, on Thursday, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa confirmed the existence of Chinese troops in the region.

"Police have asked people to avoid the area while their inquiries continue", he said.Eyewitnesses said that police rushed into each bar and restaurant in the area and told people to get out.

Three of the attacks in London involved the use of a vehicle to run down pedestrians.

Video footage posted on Twitter showed a man being restrained on the ground by members of the public after the incident near the Natural History Museum (NHM) in South Kensington on Saturday afternoon.

The current terror threat in the United Kingdom is at "severe" - the second highest level - meaning an attack is highly likely. "Then the guy was screaming", he told the paper. "My thoughts are with those injured and our thanks to the emergency services".

In June, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage at bars at nearby Borough Market.

In March, a man drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.

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