In a statement made just hours after an ISIS-inspired suicide bomber detonated himself at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, killing at least 22 and injuring dozens of others, the Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, called the attack “a cowardly act of terrorism.”
Khan announced that the U.K.’s national threat level has been elevated to”critical,” which denotes that more attacks are likely and could take place at any time.
“I want to reassure all Londoners and visitors that we are doing everything possible to protect our city,” said Khan, adding that he’s being advised by “Government and security services” and urging “all Londoners and visitors to remain calm and vigilant, and to report anything suspicious to the police.”
Khan further explained that the streets of London will be patrolled by an increased number of police officers, plus additional armed officers and military personnel in the next few days.
“London stands in solidarity with the people of Manchester,” he stated, adding, “Those who seek to harm and divide us through barbaric acts of terrorism will never succeed. We will never be cowed by terrorism.”
In response to the attack, all major UK political parties have stopped their election campaigns, despite the fact that voting is set to take place on June 8.
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