Georgian leaders condemn London terror attack

  • Paramedics treat an injured person on the pavement outside the Houses of Parliament. Photo from, 23 Mar 2017 - 10:47, Tbilisi,Georgia

Five people including a police officer and the attacker have lost their lives and 40 others were injured in a terror attack in the centre of London late yesterday, the BBC reports.

Expressing deep condolence towards families who have lost their loved ones, the Georgian Foreign Ministry addressed Georgians living in the UK to use the hotline of Georgia’s diplomatic representation in London in case of any emergency.

The Ministry said there are no Georgians among the dead or injured, however, those who live in or nearby London are highly encouraged to keep in constant coordination with the Georgian consulates in the UK, follow local police recommendations and avoid traffic in the places surrounding Westminster where the terror attack has occurred.

Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze went to Twitter.

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said he is deeply outraged by the incident. Condemning all forms of terrorism he said Georgia stands in solidarity with the UK.

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is also concerned with yesterday’s attack and said the Government of Georgia and the Georgian people will always stand together with the civilised world in the fight against terrorism.

I believe the modern world will manage to deal with the incredible aggression of terrorism. No evil against humanity and progress can succeed in the 21st century”, Prime Minister Kvirikashvili said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was "sick and depraved” and struck at the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech. However, she believes such attempts to defeat UK values are "doomed to failure".

The Independent reported that a "black-claid assailant, armed with two long knives, drove his car through a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death on the grounds of Parliament” yesterday.