President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other world leaders to condemn Wednesday’s terrorist attack near the United Kingdom Parliament building at Westminster, London which claimed four lives.
The President did this Thursday just as the Police named 52-year-old British man, Khalid Masood as the perpetrator of the deadliest terror attack to hit the UK in 12 years.
In a statement issued by his chief spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari sympathised with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and assured her that the government and people of Nigeria “stand with Britons at this sad and trying moment in their country”.
Buhari who described terror attack anywhere in the world as condemnable, stressed that the whole world must join hands to defeat perpetrators of terrorism.
He prayed God to comfort families of the victims and heal the injured.
As the inquiry into the atrocity gathered pace, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed the attacker was once linked to violent extremism. He was thought to have been inspired by Islamist ideology, she said.
In an address to the House of Commons — reconvened less than a day after it was placed in lockdown as the attack unfolded outside — May vowed that Britain’s freedoms and values would remain undiminished.
Four people died in the attack
. An American man and a British woman of Spanish origin were killed when Masood rammed a rental car onto the sidewalk on Westminster Bridge.
Masood then stabbed an unarmed police officer in as he stood guard at Carriage Gates, an entrance into a cobbled courtyard frequently used by Members of Parliament and staff. A fourth victim died Thursday night after his life support was withdrawn at a hospital.
An ISIS-affiliated news agency claimed that the extremist group was behind Wednesday’s outrage, which left 29 people requiring hospital treatment. Six people remain critically ill.