A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside the U.K.’s Parliament last year has been convicted of two counts of attempted murder.
Three people were injured when Salih Khater hit a pedestrian and cyclists in August 2018 before colliding with a security barrier guarded by police.
On Wednesday, jurors at London’s Central Criminal Court found Khater guilty. He has been remanded into custody and will be sentenced in October.
The incident came a year after London was hit by several deadly vehicle attacks, including one outside Parliament.
Khater, a 30-year-old British citizen originally from Sudan, claimed he was looking for the Sudanese Embassy to get a visa, got lost and panicked.
But prosecutor Alison Morgan said it was a “premeditated and deliberate” attack, and Khater’s reason for it was unclear, but the choice of target indicated a “terrorist motive.”
Prosecutors treated it as terrorism “due to the methodology, iconic location and the alleged targeting of civilians and police officers.”
Manchester bomber’s brother extradited
In March 2017, British-born Muslim convert Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge and killed four people then stabbed to death an unarmed police officer on the grounds of Parliament before being shot dead. Masood was shot by police and died at the scene.
It was the first of five attacks in Britain that year that police designated as terrorism. Three of them involved the use of vehicles as weapons.
In May 2017, a suicide bomb at a Manchester concert hall killed 22 people.
Bomber Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, died in the explosion, which also injured nearly 120 others as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.
Abedi’s brother, authorities announced Wednesday, is being extradited from Libya to Britain.
“I confirm you that Hashem [Abedi] is now in the air on his way to the U.K. … He is extradited in accordance to a court
verdict,” said a spokesperson for the Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force (Rada), which had been holding him in the Libyan capital.
Britain requested Abedi’s extradition in 2017 after police issued an arrest warrant against him for murder, attempted
murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion.