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UK police arrests armed man outside Queen’s Buckingham Palace

File photo shows a view to the Buckingham Palace in London.

British police have arrested an armed man outside Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth's main residence in London, although it insists the suspect had no terror-related motives.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), informally known as the Met, said in a statement on Sunday that the man possessed a Taser when he was arrested earlier in the day outside Buckingham Palace in central London.

“Police were called at 12.47hrs on Sunday 23 September to a report of a man detained by security staff at the visitor entrance to Buckingham Palace,” said the statement.

"Officers attended and at 13:00hrs a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm, namely a Taser. He remains in custody at a central London police station at this stage.”

The Met said the man was standing in a line of people behind the visitor entrance to the palace when he was spotted by police forces.

It said the arrest was not terrorism-related, without elaborating whether the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II was at the palace at the time.

Other reports said the Queen was in Balmoral Castle in Scotland for her summer break.

Parts of the Buckingham Palace, which is main and official residence of the Queen, are open to the public for 10 weeks each summer.

An official from the royal property declined to give details about the incident on Sunday, saying it was the policy to not comment on such security issues.  

Britain has seen several high-profile terror attacks over the past years, especially since it became involved in a coalition operation against Daesh terror group in Iraq and Syria.

A British man of the Sudanese origin ran his car into a gate of Westminster Palace in London, which houses the British parliament, in August. Several people were injured in the attack.


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