World leaders condemn UK Parliament terror attack in London, express solidarity with victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India stands with Britain in the fight against terror. "Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. At this difficult moment, India stands with UK in the fight against terrorism," PM Modi tweeted.

The terror attack outside the UK Parliament in London on Wednesday evening in which 5 people were killed has been condemned by leaders from across the globe.

Nations have expressed solidarity with the victims and offered all possible assistance in this hour of grief.

Around 40 people were injured in the incident, the British police said.

INDIA CONDEMNS ATTACK

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India stands with Britain in the fight against terror. "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.

President Pranab Mukherjee said, "India stands by UK; terrorism must be met through collective action by international community."

D Asquith, UK High Commissioner to India, said, "I want to thank those who have offered wishes of condolence and support from here in India".

Lok Sabha on Thursday condemned the attack and observed a two-minute silence in the memory of those killed.

FIVE AMONG INJURED FROM SOUTH KOREA

Five of those injured are from South Korea. South Korea's acting head of state has instructed the country's Foreign Ministry to help its nationals injured in the attack.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, in a meeting with cabinet ministers on Thursday, said that the government was focused on bringing the injured individuals home safely and protecting South Koreans living or travelling in London.

CHINA, AUSTRALIA EXPRESS CONDOLENCES

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the attack outside the British Parliament in London was the first subject of discussion when he met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday morning in Canberra.

Li said that "Together, we send our condolences to the prime minister of the U.K and together we condemn terrorism and stand against all forms of terrorism."

The Chinese leader added, "There cannot be continued instability in the world," adding, "We must cherish peace and stability."

NEW ZEALAND PM WRITES TO THERESA MAY

New Zealand's Prime Minister has also strongly condemned the attack outside Britain's Parliament.

Talking to reporters in Rotorua, Prime Minister Bill English that he has written to British Prime Minister Theresa May to express support for her government and to offer his country's condolences to the victim's families.

FRENCH PUPILS ALSO WOUNDED

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said French school pupils were among the injured and offered "solidarity with British friends and full support" for the students and their families.

Counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley said one policeman, three civilians and the attacker died. He suspected that Islamic extremism was behind the attack.

London Ambulance said they were "working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene" to ensure patients quickly receive the medical help they need.

(With inputs from Associated Press, PTI)

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