Condolences offered over British deaths

Latvia's leading officials offered condolences to the United Kingdom after at least five people were killed in an incident UK police are treating as a suspected terror attack.

The deaths were reportedly the result of a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in central London.

Around 40 people were reported as injured in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to kill and maim as many as possible.

Police have yet to confirm the identity of the attacker or attackers, not have they established a motive, despite inevitable widespread speculation and guesswork on social and mainstream media.

President Raimonds Vejonis said the incident provided a reminder of "our common pledge to fight terrorism."

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said he "strongly condemned" what he called a terrorist attack.

So did Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, currently in the US:

Latvia's embassy in the UK immediately swung into action as news of the incident broke, encouraging Latvians in the UK to tell families back home they were safe and also urging anyone with information relevant to the incident to contact police. 

The embassy also offered thanks to the Metropolitan Police "for keeping us safe".

 

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