White powder sent to UK parliament found to be non-harmful

White powder sent to UK parliament found to be non-harmful

Armed police gather outside an entrance to the Houses of Parliament in London
Armed police gather outside an entrance to the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON: A security incident at Britain's parliament on Tuesday (Feb 13) was triggered by the discovery of a package containing white powder which was later found to be non-harmful, the lower house of the legislature said.

Separately, police said counter-terrorism officers were investigating the incident and an office in parliament, to which the package had been sent, remained closed. The rest of the building was open.

Police have increased security at parliament after an Islamic State-inspired attacker killed five people a year ago by driving a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then stabbing to death a police officer in the grounds of parliament.

Source: Reuters/ec

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