Iranian Foreign Ministry condemns London terrorist attack
Iran has condemned the recent deadly terror attack in London, calling for the formation of a true international coalition against terrorists to replace the current “theatrical” ones.
On Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi expressed Iran’s sympathy with the families of the victims as well as those injured in the brutal car-ramming and stabbing attack outside the UK Parliament in London.
Qassemi further emphasized the need for the formation of an all-inclusive global alliance aimed at “sincerely” fighting terrorism free from “double standards.”
He further warned, “No country can consider itself immune from terrorism and terrorists as long as we witness the [establishment of] inefficient and theatrical coalitions at international and regional levels to fight terror as well as the double standards being pursued by the Western countries in countering this heinous and inhumane phenomenon.”
“Today, terrorism knows no borders,” said the Iranian official. “In order to uproot this evil and odious phenomenon, the channels for sending arms and equipment to the terrorists should be cut and the financial and moral support for the countries and groups disseminating terrorist ideas should be stopped.”
On Wednesday, at least three people were killed and 40 others were injured outside the UK Parliament in London after an assailant plowed a car into pedestrians and stabbed a police officer, an incident that Metropolitan Police declared a terrorist incident.
Driving a large SUV, the assailant slammed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near Parliament, killing two people and injuring dozens, before crashing into a fence.
After the crash, the driver left the vehicle and approached the Parliament, where he stabbed an armed police officer to death and was fatally shot by the police.
It appeared to be the most serious such assault in London since the deadly subway bombings in 2005.
No group or individual has so far assumed responsibility for the incident.
Police have arrested seven people in association with the attack and were investigating their possible ties to the assailant, who was identified as a reported Daesh sympathizer.
Daesh supporters on social media celebrated the deadly attack, with one user warning that “our battle on your land is only just beginning.”
The UK is part of a US-led military coalition purportedly striking Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria since 2014.
The alliance, which has been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh, has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians in both Arab states.