UK HICOM releases PM May's statement on Westminster attack

Farezza Hanum Rashid

KUALA LUMPUR: London's Houses of Parliament in Westminster will resume normal activities despite the deadly attack which took place there on Wednesday.

The British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur sent out Prime Minister Theresa May's statement today, in which she said Londoners and others around the world who are visiting the city are also expected to go on about their business as usual.

"They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives.

"And we will move forward together. Never giving in to terror. Never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart," she said in the statement, after chairing a meeting with the British government's emergency committee, Cobra.

While full details of the attack are still emerging, May confirmed that the terrorist attack began when a single attacker drove his vehicle into pedestrians walking across Westminster Bridge.

"This attacker, who was armed with a knife, then ran towards Parliament, where he was confronted by the police officers who keep us, and our democratic institutions, safe.

"Tragically, one officer was killed. The terrorist was also shot dead," May said.

She added that the United Kingdom's threat level had been set at ‘severe’ for some time and that it will not change.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Rowley is expected to give a further operational update.

May commended London's police and security servicemen for their exceptional bravery.

"Once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way.

"On behalf of the whole country, I want to pay a tribute to them, and to all our emergency services, for the work they have been doing to reassure the public and bring security back to the streets of our capital city," she said.

Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain's Parliament.

The dead include 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.