India stood with the United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, hours after an attack near Britain’s parliament in London killed five people and injured 40.
Modi said he was deeply saddened by the “terror attack”.
Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2017
The police has called the incident a “marauding terrorist attack” in which a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman.
The dead included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. The other three victims were among those hit by the car as it sped across Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament.
Prime Minister 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 late in the evening.
President Pranab Mukherjee also extended his condolences to the bereaved families. “Shocked to hear about the terrorist attack in London,” he tweeted.
India stands by UK ; terrorism must be met through collective action by international community— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) March 23, 2017
No Indians are known to be among the dead or injured so far.