By Yanay Rosen (Online Editor-in-Chief).
Terror has struck London again. Wednesday morning an attacker ran down pedestrians in his car, exited and attacked police officers with a knife outside the Houses of Parliament, killing an unarmed police officer.
Four people, including the attacker are confirmed dead, and 29 others are being treated for injuries. The attacker has been identified as British born by Prime Minister Theresa May. May says the attacker had been investigated by British intelligence agency MI5. Multiple arrests have been made around England of those believed to be related to the attack.
The attacker originally was reported to be Abu Izzadeen, however Izzadeen’s brother told reporters that he is alive and in jail.
Muslim Labour MP Khalid Mahmood says the attacker, who is believed to be Muslim, does not represent true Islam. “This attacker is not of my religion, nor of my community. If they were of a religion, they would not commit acts like this,” he said.
The Queen expressed her sympathy towards the attack’s victims. “My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence,” she said.
“I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others,” the Queen added.
Sadiq Khan, the Muslim mayor of London, says that London is still very safe. “My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones. And too everyone who’s been affected. I want to reassure all Londoners and all visitors not to be alarmed, our city remains one of the safest in the world,” said Khan.
“London is the greatest city in the world, and we stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have and we always will. Londoner’s will never be cowed by terrorism,” he added.
Following bombings in New York in September Khan said that attacks are “part and parcel” of living in a big city. “That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but it also means exchanging ideas and best practice” he added.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted after the London attacks, criticising the Mayor. “You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan.”
Khan says that he refuses to respond to Trump Jr’s tweets, as he is “doing more important things.”
“What I do know is that the threat level in London and across the country is severe, that means an attack is highly likely,” said Khan.
“Terrorists hate the fact that whether it’s New York, whether it’s London, whether it’s Paris, whether it’s Brussels, Istanbul, whether it’s Madrid — we have diverse communities living together peacefully getting on with each other, respecting each other.”
According to a White House statement, President Trump spoke with May and offered his condolences and the United State’s full cooperation and support in “responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”