World leaders voice solidarity with UK after London Bridge attacks

World leaders have sent swift messages of support even as the full extent of the terrorist attacks in London was still unfolding. At least seven people were killed and many more injured people have been taken to hospitals across the capital after a van was apparently driven into pedestrians on London bridge, followed by stabbings at the nearby Borough Market. French president Emmanuel Macron said France was “more than ever” at the side of the UK. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said his country’s “prayers and resolute solidarity” were with the people of Britain, and his foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said Australia stood ready to support the British government in responding to the attacks.

In these hours, I think of our British friends and all the people in London. My thoughts are with the victims of the attack and their families. Today, we are united in horror and grief across all borders, but also in steadfastness.

German chancellor Angela Merkel

The US president, Donald Trump, earlier tweeted an unconfirmed news report and then a call for his travel ban on people from six predominately Muslim nations to be reinstated. He then offered a pledge of support to Britain. “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K, we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!” he wrote on Twitter. The president of the EU commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and their families, as did Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attacks, saying they caused shock and anguish. He said in a brief statement after returning from Europe that his thoughts are with the families of the deceased and offered prayers for the injured.

One of the things we can do is show that we aren’t going to be cowed is by voting on Thursday and making sure that we understand the importance of our democracy, our civil liberties and our human rights.

Sadiq Khan