World leaders have offered their condolences and expressed support for Britain after the devastating terror attack in London.
In the capital itself, towering over where the attack took place, the Queen Elizabeth clock tower, known as Big Ben, was lit up in red to honour the victims.
The lights of the Eiffel Tower were turned off at midnight in solidarity with the victims of Wednesday’s horrific events.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a statement that her city shares with London ‘a common love of freedom and an attachment to democracy’.
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Big Ben, the Queen Elizabeth clock tower, was lit up red to honour the victims of Wednesday’s attack
The lights of the Eiffel Tower were dimmed in order to pay respect to the victims of the terror attacks in London
The lights have been dimmed in similar ways after other attacks around the world as Paris stands in solidarity
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a statement that her city shares with London ‘a common love of freedom and an attachment to democracy’
The building of the city hall in Tel Aviv’s Rabin square in Israel is illuminated in solidarity with Britain
In Tel Aviv, the city hall was illuminated in solidarity as a Union flag was light painted onto the wall.
Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, posted images of the City Hall building in Israel, illuminated in red, white and blue.
Mr Huldai said on Twitter: ‘Tel Aviv City Hall lit up tonight in colours of the Union Jack, in solidarity with the city of London and my colleague @SadiqKhan.’
Closer to home, Birmingham lit its library in the red, white and blue of the Union flag.
Council leader John Clancy posted: ‘The @LibraryofBham lit to show Birmingham’s solidarity with London. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today’s £Westminster attack.’
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both expressed their support and solidarity with Britain after today’s attack.
‘We are all concerned with terrorism,’ Hollande told reporters during a visit in Villepinte, outside Paris.
Theresa May has been receiving messages of support from her fellow leaders around the world this afternoon. Seen above today as she left for Prime Minister’s questions
Her Jaguar was driven away from Parliament shortly after the attack and she was taken to a place of safety
‘France, which has been struck so hard lately, knows what the British people are suffering today.’
Hollande added that countries ‘must bring all the conditions to answer these attacks’ and that ‘it is clear that it is at the European level, and even beyond that, that we must organise ourselves’.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said: ‘Terrorism – weapon of cowards. Strongly condemn gruesome terrorist attack at the heart of Westminster.’
Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania’s first female president, said terrorism was a weapon of cowards
French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said ‘it is a high place of democracy that has been attacked’ and that France is ‘obviously ready to help’.
Merkel said in a statement Wednesday that she learned ‘with sorrow’ of Wednesday’s incident and her thoughts were ‘with our British friends and all of the people of London’, in particular those who were injured.
Closer to home, the Birmingham library also changed its colour scheme to the red, white and blue of the union flag to pay respects
The German Chancellor continued: ‘I want to say for Germany and its citizens: we stand firmly and resolutely by Great Britain’s side in the fight against all forms of terrorism.’
American President Donald Trump called Theresa May this afternoon to offer his support.
British police officers stand on duty as forensics officers work outside the Carriage Gates
In a statement from the White House, the president ‘pledged full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.’
A White House spokesman said: ‘President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders.
‘He pledged the full co-operation and support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.’
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: ‘Our thoughts are with the victims of today’s attack in London and their families.
‘Canadians remain united with the people of the UK.’
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: ‘Shocked at attack on London. Yesterday I spent the day at Westminster. Luckily not today.
‘London’s Parliament is the mother of democracy!’
Donald Trump called Theresa May after the attack and offered his support and cooperation from the United States
Justin Trudeau said the people of Canada remained united with the people of the UK and sent his thoughts to the victims and their families
Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, said: ‘My thoughts are with everyone caught up in the dreadful incident at Westminster today, including the emergency services who responded bravely to ensure the safety of the many people nearby.
‘Following the incident the Scottish Government has been liaising closely with Police Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has been briefed by the Chief Constable.
Nicola Sturgeon leaves the chamber of the Scottish Parliament after their afternoon debate was suspended in the wake of the terror attack
‘This afternoon our officials held a Scottish Government resilience (SGoRR) meeting with Police Scotland, to ensure that any potential implications for Scotland are considered and I will convene a Ministerial SGoRR meeting later this evening.
‘We have been in regular dialogue with the Parliament and I fully support the decision of the Presiding Officer to suspend proceedings this afternoon. It should be made clear, however, that this was not because of any specific threat to the parliament or to Scotland.
‘We are liaising with our counterparts in the UK Government and the Scottish Government stands ready to support in any way we can.’
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, shared a message to say Londoners would not be cowed by terrorism and reassured its citizens the city is safe
World leaders sent their messages on Twitter expressing support to the people of the UK
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, shared an emotional video in which he addressed the attack.
He said: ‘My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to everyone who has been affected. Tragically, a Metropolitan Police Officer who was doing his duty protecting our city is amongst those who have been killed and my thoughts are with his family this evening.
Four people have died after the terror attack on Westminster, when a driver mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge
Armed police on the streets of London after the major terror incident at 2.30pm. The Mayor pledged more officers on the streets overnight
‘I want to express my gratitude on behalf of all Londoners, to the police and the emergency services who have shown tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances.’
There will be additional armed and unarmed officers on the capital’s streets overnight.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who earlier in the day had taken part in commemorations to mark the first anniversary of a terror attack in Brussels, said: ‘Our condolences are with those who mourn and all who are affected in London. Belgium stands with UK in fight against terror.’
Officers attend to the crashed vehicle and the victims after the car went into the gates outside Parliament
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said: ‘Horrified by the images from London. My thoughts are with our British friends.’
The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said: ‘My thoughts are with the people of London.’
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: ‘Horrible images from London. The very heart of the city has been struck. ‘Our thoughts are with the British people.’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: ‘Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrific attack, their families and friends.’