Candlelight vigil to be held at Trafalgar Square

 |Mar 23, 2017
Pic credit Twitter @metpoliceuk.

The city of London will hold a candlelight vigil at 6pm (UK time) today (March 23).

London mayor Sadiq Khan, in a statement, extended the invitation to join the vigil to all Londoners as well as everyone visiting the city ‘to come together in solidarity to remember those who have lost their lives’.

The vigil is also ‘to express sympathy with their families and loved ones and to show the world that we are more committed than ever to the values that we hold dear – that we remain united and open’.

The vigil is being held following a terror attack on the Westminster Bridge and outside the British Parliament on Wednesday night (Malaysian time).

Police officer Keith Palmer was killed in the attack, as well as two other civilians. The suspected attacker was shot dead by an armed officer.

Some 40 others sustained injuries.

UK Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner and national lead for Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley meanwhile informed that seven have been arrested so far in connection with the attack.

Rowley, speaking outside Scotland Yard said six addresses have been raided, also in connection with the attack.

He also updated the number of casualties and revised it to four, including the attacker. In an earlier statement, it was reported that five people including the suspect, died in the attack.

“It is still our belief – which continues to be born out by our investigation – that this attacker acted alone yesterday and was inspired by international terrorism.

“To be explicit – at this stage, we have no specific information about further threats to the public.

“Clearly our investigation is ongoing – developing all the time – and is focused on his motivation, his preparation and associates,” Rowley said.

The statement he made was also published on the UK Metropolitan Police’s website.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker of the Commons Lindsay Hoyle said a Parliament security committee will hold an emergency meeting later.

As reported by the UK’s BBC, Doyle also said the Commons will be paying tribute to the victims of the attack before proceeding with the day’s business.

“Terrorism will not defeat democracy. We’re in a village and our village policeman has been murdered… the House must continue, we will not give in to terrorism and today we’ll continue,” he was quoted as saying.

On the ensuing investigation, the BBC reported UK’s Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon as saying that the working assumption is that the attack ‘is linked to Islamic terrorism’.