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Sweden’s PM condemns London attack

Updated torsdag 23 mars kl 13.55
Published torsdag 23 mars kl 09.32
Löfven: This attack shows the importance of preparedness.
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Police gathered outside of parliament building in London.
The attacker is thought to have been inspired by Islamic terrorism. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has called yesterday’s attack in London unspeakable and emphasizes the need to remain vigilant.

“No matter who is responsible for this attack, it shows how vulnerable society is today, and the extreme importance of preparedness for unforeseen attacks,” Löfven said in a statement.

"This is despicable," Löfven continued. "It shows how important it is to work hard and provide security as much as it is possible for the govenrment so that people will feel safe. The goal of the terrorists is that people should be afraid and insecure."

"That's why the government has proposed a strategy against terrorism. We're taking stronger measures against weapons crimes, we're going to make it more difficult for people to get ahold of guns. We're criminalizing terrorist travel, making it harder to abuse a Swedish passport," he said.

Five people have died and at least 40 were injured after a man drove up onto the sidewalk on the Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a police officer. The attacker was later shot by the police just outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

The name of the attacker has not been released but the British head of counter terrorism policing said that the perpetrator was “inspired by Islamic terrorism”.

Though the man acted alone, seven people have been arrested in connection to the attack and the investigation is ongoing.

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