Modi expresses sadness, says India stands with UK

British envoy seeks more cooperation to defeat terror
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NEW DELHI
23 Mar 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed sadness over the London terror attack and said India stands with the UK at this difficult moment.

"Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet. "At this difficult moment, India stands with UK in the fight against terrorism. @theresa_may @Number10Gov," Modi said in another tweet. There is no report of any Indian casualty so far in the terror attack near the UK Parliament, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said. India has condemned the attack in London in which three people were killed and more than 20 injured.

London's Metropolitan Police said a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and stabbed a police officer with a knife outside the British parliament before being shot dead. "I am in constant touch with Indian High Commission in London. There is no Indian casualty reported so far. #LondonAttack @HCI_London (sic)," she wrote on Twitter. "India strongly condemns Westminster terrorist incident & condoles loss of life. No place in democracies & civilised societies for terrorism (sic)," spokesperson, ministry of external affairs, Gopal Baglay tweeted.

Meanwhile, the British envoy to India today said it was an attack on the values shared by Britain, India and many other countries, and pitched for greater cooperation to defeat the menace. British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith said counter-terrorism measures are an important part of Britain's engagement with India. The envoy also lauded the "extraordinary strength" of the British people and said they showed courage to deal with the situation.

"It's a very emotional reminder of the extraordinary strength that lies in society. The response from individuals was really heartwarming...As London will return to ordinary life, Parliament will go on today. The business will survive and carry on. We will do our bit to ensure that people can continue on doing that with confidence and safety," he said.