Asylum Seeker Terror Suspect Granted Citizenship Just Weeks Before Failed Attack

by Oliver JJ Lane
Aug. 16, 2018

The man being held by counter-terror police in relation to an apparent attempted attack against the Palace of Westminster was granted British citizenship just weeks before his arrest.

Salih Khater, the 29-year-old Birmingham resident who was pulled out of his crashed silver Ford Fiesta car early on Tuesday morning after it was driven through a crowd of cyclists and smashed into a security barrier at speed, came to the United Kingdom in 2010 as an asylum seeker.

The Sudanese-origin male came to Britain after spending two years in Libya, and was granted asylum by the British government. Just weeks before what police are treating as an attempted terror attack, Khater was granted full British citizenship, according to sources quoted by the British Times newspaper.

A friend of Khater who spoke to the newspaper said he was religious, and a Muslim, but not religious enough to go to mosque regularly.

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