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Egypt condemns in 'strongest terms' UK parliament terror attack

Egypt's foreign ministry said the attack shows that terrorist organisations 'can invade communities and meddle with their security and stability despite the security precautions in place'

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Mar 2017
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Flowers are laid at the scene after an attack on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain, March 22, 2017. (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt condemned "in the strongest terms" a terrorist attack Wednesday outside the UK Parliament that left five people dead and 40 injured.

In an official statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry late Wednesday, ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid expressed condolences to the families of the victims, saying that such events lead to a reaffirmation of the dangers of the terrorism phenomenon, which targets everyone regardless of race or religion

He added that the attack sheds light again on the fact that terrorist organisations ‘’can invade communities and meddle with their security and stability despite the security precautions in place.”

“This requires a comprehensive approach to confront terrorist organisations that involves intellectual, financial and security aspects, and concerted efforts to stop the spread of the destructive thought adopted by these oppressive groups,” the statement by the spokesman read.

On Wednesday, five people were killed and 40 were injured in London after a car plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain's parliament.

The deceased, in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack," included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. The other three victims were among those hit by the car as it sped across Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the suspected terror attack. 

This is London’s deadliest attack since four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the city's transport system in July 2005, in the city's worst ever peacetime attack.
 

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