New Delhi: With London hit by a terrorist attack today, US President Donald Trump appeared to criticise the city's mayor Sadiq Khan. "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" he tweeted.
- The London attack came 12 days after the Manchester blast
- London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Britons should not be alarmed
- Mr Khan became the first Muslim mayor of the city last year
The Trump administration recently banned immigration of people from several Muslim countries in the US, citing security threats.
Soon after the attacks, Khan said that Britons should not be alarmed to see a higher police presence on the streets of London. Last Year, Sadiq Khan became the first Muslim Mayor of London city.
The US President further tweeted:
We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
Meanwhile, the UK's national parliamentary election will go ahead on as per schedule, said the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, further adding, "It is time to say enough is enough."
"As a mark of respect the two political parties have suspended our national campaigns for today, but violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process, so those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the general election will go ahead as planned on Thursday," said Theresa May in a televised statement in front of the Downing Street office today.
Three assailants, inside a van mowed down pedestrians on the 19th century London Bridge, and then proceeded to shoot several people in London's Borough Market. Over 48 people, who suffered injuries in the London terror attack, have been rushed to the hospital. A cellphone video, shot inside a restaurant, captures the terror and panic as the attack unfolded in central London.
"It has now been confirmed sadly that seven members of the public have died," said London's Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick in a television statement. "In addition, as you know, we believe, three suspects are dead."
The incident came 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at Ariana Grande pop concert at Manchester and just five days before the crucial June 8 UK elections.
Two French nationals and an Australian citizen were also injured in the terror attack.
Condemning the London attack, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, "In the face of this tragedy, the France is more than ever at the side of the United Kingdom. My thoughts go to the victims and their loved ones." (Translation)
Russian President Vladimir Putin also sent a condolence message to Theresa May over deaths of civilians caused by the second terrorist attack in London.
(With Reuters and AFP inputs)