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Several military horses run wild in London, injuring four people

A white horse on the loose bolt through the streets of London near Aldwych, on Wednesday April 24, 2024.
A white horse on the loose bolt through the streets of London near Aldwych, on Wednesday April 24, 2024. Copyright Jordan Pettitt/PA
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By Euronews with AP
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Pictures and videos of riderless horses in the centre of the British capital have been shared on social media.

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Several military horses bolted during routine exercises near King Charles III's main residence in London on Wednesday and ran loose through the centre of the city, injuring at least four people and colliding with vehicles during the morning rush hour.

Chaos erupted when about seven horses from the Household Cavalry became spooked by noise caused by nearby construction workers while the animals were taking exercise in Belgravia, a swanky neighbourhood just to the west of Buckingham Palace, British media reported.

The riderless horses galloped down main roads in central London, running into vehicles and stunning commuters as they headed to work. The horses were all captured shortly after and are undergoing medical tests, officials said.

Pictures and videos shared widely across social media showed two of the horses running at speed down Aldwych, in between London’s historic financial centre and the busy West End theatre district.

A white horse on the loose bolts through the streets of London near Aldwych, Wednesday April 24, 2024.
A white horse on the loose bolts through the streets of London near Aldwych, Wednesday April 24, 2024.Jordan Pettitt/PA

One of the horses had its front covered by what appeared to be blood or red paint. The Army has not yet confirmed whether it was blood or what caused the injury.

Megan Morra, who was on her way to work, told the BBC that she saw one of the horses had a head injury.

“There was a lot of blood,” she said. “I was a bit distressed to be honest, looking at the poor horse.”

A taxi waiting near Buckingham Palace appeared to have a car window smashed by a spooked horse, while a parked double-decker tour bus had its windshield damaged.

The London Ambulance Service said it treated four people across three separate incidents in the space of ten minutes after the horses ran amok around 8:30 a.m.

The horses are from the Household Cavalry, the ceremonial guard of the monarch and a regular feature of state functions in London.

It wasn't immediately clear what happened, but it appeared that seven horses had bolted from their barracks in central London and ran amok.

“A number of military working horses became loose during routine exercise this morning,” an army spokesperson said.

“All of the horses have now been recovered and returned to camp. A number of personnel and horses have been injured and are receiving the appropriate medical attention," the spokesperson added.

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