(JNS.org) Israeli officials condemned Tuesday's terror attack in London and sent their condolences to the British people, following a car-ramming and stabbing incident near the U.K.’s Parliament that killed at least four people and injured 20.
"Israel stands as one with the British people as we all work together to defeat the scourge of terrorism. We send our condolences and wish a speedy recovery to all those injured," Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said.
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely also expressed her “deep shock” at the terror attack in London, saying Israel expresses its “solidarity with the victims and with the people and government of Great Britain. Terror is terror wherever it occurs and we will fight it relentlessly."
According to reports, the assailant drove a large vehicle over several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, which leads to the parliament, killing at least three people and injuring several others. After crashing the vehicle, the attacker then approached the parliament building and fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead by police.
The attack led to a lockdown in the parliament and an evacuation of the immediate area. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed into a vehicle and taken back to her office.
“This is the day we have planned for but we hoped would never happen,” said Mark Rowley, acting deputy commissioner and head of counter-terrorism at the London Metropolitan Police. “Sadly, it’s now a reality.”
London authorities are treating the attack as an act of terrorism and launched a large-scale investigation.