Secretary-General António Guterres and members of the United Nations Security Council today extended condolences on behalf of the Organization to the Government and people of the United Kingdom for the loss of life and injuries suffered in yesterday’s terrorist attack in London.
“The United Nations stands with the people of the United Kingdom as we do with all those who have suffered from the menace of terrorism around the world. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families,” said Mr. Guterres at the opening of a meeting of the Security Council this afternoon presided over by Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of March.
Guterres’ spokesperson announced earlier that the UN condemned the attack. At the outset of an earlier meeting of the Security Council, the first of three previously scheduled sessions today, Mr. Johnson strongly condemned, on behalf of all Council members, yesterday’s terrorist attack in London, expressing condolences to the bereaved families. The Council then observed a moment of silence in memory of all victims of terrorism.
According to media reports, four people died in the attack, including a police officer and the attacker. More than 25 people have been hospitalized. Reports suggest that the assailant drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two people, before crashing it outside the Houses of Parliament.