THE Westminster terror suspect’s brother has stated he’s “100 per cent positive he’s harmless” and insisted the household “cherished England”.
Mustafa Khater, 33, the older brother of Salih, who remains to be dwelling in Sudan, stated he’d “by no means been radicalised” however admitted he’d been troubled for the reason that loss of life of their father and brother final yr.
Sudanese refugee Salih Khater was arrested on Tuesday after placing cyclists in Westminster earlier than ploughing his Ford Fiesta Zetec right into a safety barrier.
He’s being held on suspicion of terrorism and tried homicide however has not been charged.
Cops have till Monday to cost him, launch him or search one other extension.
Police and safety providers haven’t but discovered any hyperlink to extremist materials and it was stated that he was not identified to police previous to his arrest.
Salih Khater, 29, is alleged to have pushed down from Birmingham to London late on Monday evening[/caption]
Chatting with the Solar On-line as we speak from Sudan, his older brother Mustafa insisted Salih didn’t have any hyperlinks to any terror organisations.
He stated: “Salih is a honest child, all his goals in life are finding out, ending finding out, and discovering a very good job which supplies him and his household a future, he knew how the situation is here in Sudan, with a dictatorial regime.
“He’s by no means develop into radicalised. By no means.
“He would by no means do it as a result of we’re from Darfur, and extremism is our enemy, as it’s your enemy and as it’s the enemy of Islam. We love England. We’re not Arab, we’re African, from west Sudan.
The Ford Fiesta is recovered from the scene of the rampage by police late on Tuesday[/caption]
“I’m 100% positive that my brother is harmless of what he’s accused of. It was an accident. I’m positive he’s harmless.
“I don’t assume he meant to hit folks, I feel it was an accident.”
Scotland Yard’s head of counter-terrorism Neil Basu stated the precedence for investigators was to grasp the motive of the assault.
It’s thought he had travelled down to London from Birmingham to use for a visa to go to his house nation. The embassy in St James’s Park is lower than a mile from Westminster.
The second Salih Khater veered left as an ambulance got here up behind the automobile[/caption]
However a supply on the Sudanese Embassy in London stated workers had “no recollection” of Khater and that “no-one is aware of something about him.”
Mustafa stated: “I don’t know something concerning the police and experiences of him refusing to co-operate. Police in Sudan haven’t contacted us.
“He was badly affected by the loss of life of our father and brother, Abdalrahman Adam Khater, in 2017. He hoped to return again to Sudan for a short while.”
The 33-year-old, who lives within the Sudan capital metropolis of Khartoum, added: “There’s no purpose for him to do that. He doesn’t have any psychological well being points.”
Terror suspect Salih Khater had been believed to stay above this web cafe in Sparkhill, Birmingham[/caption]
Three different brothers and two sisters stay in Sudan and the household are stated to be in a state of shock.
Khater studied electrical engineering at Sudan College of Science and Know-how in Khartoum earlier than coming to Britain – by way of Libya – alone as an asylum seeker round 2010.
He spent two years working as a farm hand in Libya however left because the nation teetered getting ready to civil battle.
In 2010 he enrolled on an English language course at what’s now Birmingham’s South & Metropolis Faculty.
A yr later he turned a licensed safety guard and moved to Nottingham, the place he labored as a picker and packer at a bakery for 11 months.
He returned to Birmingham’s South & Metropolis Faculty in 2014 to review science however when he left the school in 2017 he was upset as his English wasn’t ok to get on the correct course.
Later that yr Khater enrolled at Coventry College to review accountancy however failed his first yr and in Might his “enrolment was terminated”, a spokesman stated.
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Footage aired by the BBC confirmed the automobile’s method to the Houses of Parliament, the place it crossed into oncoming visitors and hit a number of folks earlier than getting into a small highway and crashing right into a safety barrier.
One man was handled on the scene, whereas one other man and a lady have been taken to hospital however have been discharged by Tuesday night.
There was nobody else within the automobile and no weapons discovered, police stated.
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