London terror attack condemned by UN chief

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Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Violaine Martin (file).

A terrorist attack on Saturday in the heart of London which left at least seven dead and dozens injured has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Sunday morning, Antonio Guterres expressed his solidarity with the people and the government of the United Kingdom.

Matthew Wells reports.

The statement issued by UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric expressed strong condemnation for the attacks, which took place in the area of London Bridge, and according to news reports involved three terrorists wielding knives, who first crashed into pedestrians in a vehicle.

The attackers were shot dead by police, but not before they had killed and maimed dozens, with 21 of those injured said to be in a critical condition.

It is the third terror attack in the UK in three months.

The UN chief said that the struggle against violent extremism was going on "in many parts of the globe" and the international community was compelled to "join up efforts to bring to justice those who use such inhuman tactics".

Mr Guterres added that all Member States should do their utmost to protect and promote the "fundamental values, rights and principles that terrorists so fervently seek to undermine."

He expressed his condolences to all the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

At least seven people were also reportedly killed at a funeral in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday.

The top UN official in the country said that the suicide attack on a peaceful funeral procession by suicide bombers, was "morally reprehensible and bereft of humanity."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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