Prime Minister Modi condemns the “shocking” attack in London on Saturday night which has left at least seven people dead. He tweeted, “Attacks in London are shocking and anguishing. We condemn them. My thoughts are with families of the deceased and prayers with the injured.”
The Metropolitan Police shot dead the three attackers within eight minutes of the start of the attack, after they used a van to mow down pedestrians on London Bridge and attacked people with knives at Borough Market, an area popular with Indian tourists.
Southwark, the area where the terror attack occurred, is famous for its eclectic restaurants, food vendors and heritage and Borough Market welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from around the world. Sunil Chopra, senior Labour councillor for Southwark, said, ‘I have lived here over 37 years and have never seen such scenes. I am sure it won’t stop us from carrying on as normal.’
The Indian High Commission has no information of any Indian affected by the attack.
Earlier in May, Prime Minister Modi dialled his British counterpart Theresa May to offer his condolences after the Manchester attack that killed 22 people.
“They agreed the UK and India would continue to cooperate closely on counter-terrorism, including aviation security and countering online radicalisation,” Downing Street confirmed in a statement.
Bollywood celebrities have expressed their grief over the London attack on social media.
Kartik Aaryan tweeted: ‘Sad too hear about #LondonAttacks When will these COWARDLY ACTS STOP’
Parineeti Chopra tweeted: ‘The simplest way to put it! Cannot believe the world is attacked so often. Praying for peace!!!! #LondonAttacks’
Shruti Hassan tweeted: ‘Cannot believe this has happened to beautiful London, my prayers to everyone.’
The Indian cricket team is already in Britain to play Pakistan for the first time in two years. Their hotel in Birmingham was placed on lock down yesterday and traffic in the area was restricted. The match, to be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham, is part of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.