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Several injured as car strikes pedestrian outside London museum

A car struck pedestrians outside the London’s Natural History Museum after Saturday outside the building. Police said a number of people were injured and one person was detained at the scene.

The crash happened on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians, including international tourists.

Photographs showed a dented silver car and a man being pinned to the ground outside the museum. Witness Katie Craine said she was coming out of the museum when she saw a man in handcuffs pinned down by police near a damaged car.

“From what we’ve seen in the methodology of other attacks I wouldn’t rule it out, but we just don’t have enough information on the ground to determine that at this point,” said a British security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak about the investigation.

The London Ambulance Service was tending to the injured. There was no immediate statement on the number or severity of the injuries. Shopkeepers in the immediate area were told to evacuate and police established a large security cordon around the area minutes after the incident, closing some roads. Police helicopters circled the scene overhead.

Police said they are working to establish the circumstances of the crash and more information will be provided once details are clear. The Natural History Museum tweeted that there had been a “serious incident” outside the museum, which is located near the world famous Victoria and Albert Museum and other attractions.