British police detain man with knife outside Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace in lockdown after alleged attack on police

A man, armed with a sword, has been arrested near Buckingham Palace in London.

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The force said the man was stopped outside the royal grounds.

A Reuters witness near the scene said police had cordoned off a wide area around the palace for security.

The 25-year-old said: "I was walking toward The Mall and St James's Park when I saw police rush down toward the palace in great numbers".

Armed police were reported to be on the scene.

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The two officers suffered minor injuries but no other people were injured in the incident that has sparked a massive police response, London Metropolitan Police tweeted.

The two men were treated at the scene and did not require hospital treatment, according to police, who did not say whether they were treating the attack as terrorism.

Officers remain at the scene and inquiries are ongoing.

Queen Elizabeth II was not at the palace, her official residence, palace officials said.

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