Sultanate condemns London attacks

MUSCAT/LONDON: The Foreign Ministry on Sunday issued an official statement expressing the Sultanate’s severe condemnation of the attacks in London resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.
The statement said that, while the Sultanate condemns this appalling act against innocent civilians, it reaffirms its stance and sincere solidarity with the friendly government and people of the United Kingdom to take necessary procedures and measures to combat violence and terrorism to protect its stability and security with all possible means.
The statement also expressed the Sultanate’s condolences to families of the victims, the friendly government and people of the UK, and wished speedy recovery for the injured.
The Sultanate’s Embassy in the United Kingdom has urged Omani citizens in London to take precautions and follow the directions and warnings from official authorities.
The advisiory has been issued as militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers on the street and in nearby places on Saturday night, killing at least seven people and wounding many others.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday called for a stronger response to extremism after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48.
London’s Metropolitan Police arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London in connection with the attack and raids were continuing there, the force said. A Reuters photographer saw another raid take place in nearby East Ham. The attack occurred five days before a parliamentary election and was the third to hit Britain in less than three months. May said the vote would go ahead as planned on Thursday.