London attack: British High Commissioner thanks India for support

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Thanking India for its support over the recent London attack, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith said Thursday that UK's collaboration with New Delhi over counter-terrorism is an important part of bilateral relations.

"I want to thank those who have offered wishes of condolence and support from here in India for what has happened. It is a reminder of those links between our two countries the values we share. Secondly, it is still being investigated so I'm not going to dive into the details of the incidence," Asquith told ANI.

He added, "On the counter-terrorism front, it is a very important part of our collaboration with India. It covers a variety of activities like sharing analysis and policy, sharing intelligence and sharing the capability to respond to such incidents when they happen. That is a very high level of collaboration between our two countries."

Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the recent attack in Westminster and extended support to the UK.

Five people, including a police officer, were killed and more than 40 others were injured in the incident. The assailant was later shot dead. It is the first mass-casualty terrorist attack on Britain in over a decade, according to the Guardian.

The people fled for their lives as a Hyundai 4x4 driven by the terrorist at about 2.40pm indiscriminately ran into people on Westminster Bridge. The vehicle then careered off the road on to pavement a few metres away from Big Ben and the attacker tried to storm the Parliament armed with a knife.

Moments later, a police officer guarding the Parliament was fatally stabbed. The attacker, dressed in black, was shot by another armed officer and died of his injuries (ANI)