Condemning the terror attack in London on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee expressed their condolences for those who lost their lives in the gruesome twin strike.
President Pranab Mukherjee took to Twitter to express his shock over the UK Parliament attack and asked for collective action by international community to fight terrorism.
"India stands by UK; terrorism must be met through collective action by international community," President Mukherjee said.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter on Wednesday night stated that she was in constant touch with the Indian High Commission in London and no Indian casualty had been reported so far. The minister advised people to avoid going to Parliament Square.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing his sympathies for the victims in his tweets this morning promised to stand with the United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism.
"Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. At this difficult moment, India stands with UK in the fight against terrorism," PM Modi tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi's counterpart in London, Theresa May condemned the attack as "sick and depraved". "The location of this attack was no accident," she said in a statement outside her 10 Downing Street office.
The catastrophic chain of events was started by a knife-wielding assailant who tried to storm the British Parliament at 2:30 PM local time.
The assailant was stopped by a cop who was later stabbed to death. The attacker was shot down.
The attack came when the British Parliament was in session forcing a lockdown.
In a parallel terror attempt, a car mowed down at least 5 pedestrians and injured about 40 on the Westminster bridge.
After Brusells and Nice, another European city has fallen victim to terror. Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe" meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.
(With inputs from Reuters)