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British ambassador thanks Sweden for support after London attack

Published torsdag 23 mars 2017 kl 12.14
Ambassador: Whatever the attacker's aims, they will not be successful.
(1:43 min)
UK ambassador David Cairns
UK ambassador David Cairns was speaking at the Life after Brexit event. Credit: Richard Orange

David Cairns, Britain's ambassador to Sweden, is grateful to Sweden's government and people for their support following Wednesday's attack in London.

"I should say a great thank you to so many people in Sweden, including the government, who have given their expressions of support for what happened on Wednesday afternoon. That means a lot to us," he told Radio Sweden. 

Five people died and at least 40 were injured when a man in a car mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before crashing into a barrier outside parliament, and stabbing a police officer. The attacker was then shot by police.

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven called the attack "atrocious".

"Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the British people," said Löfven.

Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström tweeted on Wednesday night: "My thoughts are with the UK and victims of the horrific attack at Westminster, the heart of British democracy."

Ambassador Cairns told Radio Sweden that the British police had long been prepared for this exact type of attack, where a vehicle is used to target pedestrians, following earlier instances in Berlin and Nice. 

"The key thing is that whatever reasons were behind the attacker, whatever he or she thought they were trying to achieve, they will not be successful," he said. "Because we are not and never have been intimidated by that type of terrorist behaviour or attacks and that's just not going to change."

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