Daesh claims responsibility for London parliament attack

Published March 23rd, 2017 - 02:01 GMT
An armed policeman guards the Houses of Parliament in London. (AFP)
An armed policeman guards the Houses of Parliament in London. (AFP)

The Islamic State group (Daesh) has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's deadly attack outside the UK parliament, in which three people were killed and the assailant was shot dead in central London.

The person who carried out the "attack in front of the British parliament in London was a soldier of the Islamic State", an IS spokesman said in a statement via the militant-run Amaq news agency on Thursday.

The attacker "carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition", the statement added.

The group indicated no direct involvement in the incident, which British police believe was a lone attack "inspired by international terrorism".

IS regularly claims responsibility for terror attacks despite having no direct involvement in the planning or facilitation.


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