Police respond to Buckingham Palace area due to alleged assault

Man arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police after two officers received minor injuries the Metropolitan Police said. Pic Nicole Kyle  PA Wire

A man arrested outside of Buckingham Palace after attacking police, according to authorities.

Britain was hit by four militant attacks that killed 36 people earlier this year and the country's threat level is set at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

The unidentified man was taken into custody in central London Friday night, the city's Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

Initial reports suggested the man was armed with a sword, however police have so far confirmed the arrested man was armed with a knife.

But the Met Police said on Twitter they suffered only minor injuries.

Pictures on social media show police cars and a police cordon surrounding the area. Paramedics treated them at the scene, they were not taken to hospital.

"Officers remain on scene and enquiries are ongoing".

No other injuries have been reported.

A large number of police vehicles could be seen in the Mall, the wide road outside the palace, after the incident.

The Queen was not in Buckingham Palace at the time of the incident as she is staying at her Scottish residence Balmoral.

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