Germany 'stands resolutely' with Britain in terror fight: Merkel

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AFP/DPA/The Local - [email protected] • 23 Mar, 2017 Updated Thu 23 Mar 2017 12:08 CEST
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Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Germany stood by Britain "firmly and resolutely", following the deadly terror attack near the British parliament.

"Although the background to these acts are not yet clear, I reaffirm that Germany and its citizens stand firmly and resolutely alongside Britons in the struggle against all forms of terrorism," Merkel said in a statement.

Four people were killed and around 40 were injured - including one German - in Wednesday's attack, in which a man mowed down pedestrians with a car, then stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot dead.

Germany has been on high alert since an Islamic State extremist ploughed a lorry into a Berlin Christmas market in December, killing 12 people.

"In these grave moments, we Germans feel very close to the British people," President Frank-Walter Steinmeier added in a statement.

British police said they were treating the attack as "terrorist" in nature. It came a year to the day after Isis jihadists killed 32 people in bombings in Brussels.

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