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British Lawmakers of Indian-origin pay tribute to UK Terror Attack Victims, says Country will not accept defeat

British lawmakers of Indian-origin reprimand the UK terror attack, ensuring that Britain stands together undefeated by terrorism

A woman paying tribute to terror attack victims (representational Image), VOA

London, Mar 23, 2017: British lawmakers of Indian origin reprimanded the dreadful terror attack in the heart of London city, saying that the country will not accept defeat and that they “stand together” against terrorism.

Priti Patel is the senior-most Indian-origin Cabin Minister. She paid tributes to the police officers who were stabbed at the gates of the Parliament building by the single attacker.

She told, “The Westminster terrorist event was shocking and horrific. My prayers and thoughts are with the families, friends and relatives of those who died, and those who were injured.”

The International Development Minister said that a thorough investigation of the events was being conducted and that everyone stood together, refusing to be defeated by terrorism, mentioned PTI.

Patel further said, “I commend the police, emergency services and medical staff for the  swift action and bravery they showed yesterday.”

“They put themselves in danger to protect and help the people. I pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer for the bravery and courage he showed. My condolences are with his family and he will always be in our prayers and thoughts.”

Former justice minister, Shailesh Vara MP, said addressing the House of Commons that Britain stands together against the “evil ideals” of the terrorists.

“The message that we need to take away is that this evil ideology is not only an attack on Western countries and the values that we hold so dear but it is an evil that seeks to destroy our way of life across the world,” he said.

Describing the attack as “cowardly and despicable,” Labour MP Virendra Sharma urged the people for “cooperation, unity and peace.”

“Many people lie injured on hospital beds after this horrendous act, with two people from Westminster Bridge attack dead. While the facts of the exact occurrences are still unfolding, i would urge everyone to continue with their lives, as the Londoners have done for centuries.”

“We must not jump to conclusions, sinking to the level of the people who hate us. We must stand together as a community not apart, not scared, unbent and unbowed,” he added.

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

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Man Accused in Christchurch Mosque Shootings Charged with Terrorism

The single charge filed Tuesday against Australian Brenton Tarrant is the first of its kind

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Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand, March 16, 2019. (Suspect's face blurred at source) VOA

Authorities in New Zealand have charged the self-avowed white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques back in March with terrorism.

The single charge filed Tuesday against Australian Brenton Tarrant is the first of its kind under New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act, which was passed in 2002 in the wake of the al-Qaida-led terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. the previous year. Prosecutors have also charged him with an additional count of murder over a worshipper who died in the hospital earlier this month, along with two additional counts of attempted murder, bringing that number to 40.

Up to 200 family members of the victims and survivors of the attack were informed of the new charges at a private meeting with police.

The 28-year-old Tarrant live-streamed the March 15 shootings at the al-Noor and Linwood mosques on Facebook from a head-mounted camera.

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Authorities in New Zealand have charged the self-avowed white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. Flickr

He is currently being held at a maximum security prison where he was ordered to undergo psychiatric tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial. His next court date is June 14.

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The 28-year-old Tarrant e-mailed a lengthy white nationalist manifesto to more than 30 recipients just minutes before the attacks – including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – in which he allegedly denounced Muslims and called immigrants “invaders.” (VOA)