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Terrorist act in London confirming importance of antiterrorist cooperation

March 23, 0:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The total number of lethal casualties from the incident is four, inclusive of the attacker who was shot and killed by a policeman

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MOSCOW, March 22. /TASS/. Wednesday's terrorist act in the very heart of London proves once again the importance of broad collaboration in struggle with international terrorism, Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the State Duma foreign policy committee told TASS.

"The hair-raising wave of terrorist acts that previously swept Paris, Nice, Brussels, and Berlin has now - very unfortunately - reached Britain," he said. "What has happened in London shows once again international terrorist isn’t going to lay down arms, and Russia continues to urge all the soberly thinking force to unite for struggle with this threat for the entire humankind."

"I feel confident Russia will be ready to give every kind of assistance needed for investigating the crimes in downtown London if it gets appropriate appeals," Slutsky said.

"On our part we believe the problem of a more intensive dialogue on antiterrorist collaboration, including between parliaments, is essential for averting more tragedies," he said.

Slutsky expressed heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who died and all the people of the United Kingdom.

According to Mark Rowley, the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police Service, the terrorist act took place at around 14:40 GMT when a car driving by Westminster Bridge wedged into pedestrians on the sidewalk, including three police officers. Then the car rammed into a building near the Houses of Parliament.

Afterwards, a man armed with a dagger continued attacking the passers-by and tried to break into the Westminster Palace.

The total number of lethal casualties from the incident is four, inclusive of the attacker who was shot and killed by a policeman.

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