Following yesterday's terror attack on London's Westminister Bridge and Parliament Square, the city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, issued a video statement vowing, "Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism."
In the video, he said, "My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to everyone who has been affected… I want to express my gratitude, on behalf of all Londoners, to the police and emergency services who have shown tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances. I have spoken to the acting commissioner, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Craig Mackay, and the national lead for counter-terrorism policing, acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley, and remain in close contact with them."
Khan went on to reassure viewers of the city's commitment to safety: "Londoners should be aware that there will be additional armed and unarmed police officers on our streets from tonight on in order to keep Londoners, and all those visiting our city, safe. I want to reassure all Londoners, and all our visitors, not to be alarmed. Our city remains one of the safest in the world. London is the greatest city in the world, and we stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have and we always will. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism."
Five people were killed and 40 injured in the attack near the House of Parliament. The injured included 12 Britons, three French children on a school trip, two Romanians, four South Koreans, two Greeks and one person each from Germany, Poland, Ireland, China, Italy and the United States. A policeman was among the five who died; he was stabbed by the attacker in front of Parliament before the attacker was shot by armed officers.