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Johnson Smith expresses condolences following tragic incidents in UK, Italy

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, has reiterated Jamaica's position that any deliberate act of terrorism is unacceptable as she expressed concerns on behalf of the Government at reports of a suspected terrorist attack in Britain.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the British government and people, as they were in March of last year when a similar incident caused the death of six persons on the Westminster Bridge,” said Johnson Smith in a statement from her ministry this afternoon.

She said democratic countries must stand strong against terror and work together for a peaceful world where people are able to enjoy a safe and secure environment.

At least three people were injured after a man drove a vehicle at cyclists and pedestrians near the Britain's Houses of Parliament.

The man has since been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences and London's Ambulance Service said in a statement it had taken two people to hospital after the silver Ford Fiesta hit a group of cyclists and pedestrians, metres from where five pedestrians were killed in an attack last year. One more injured person was treated at the scene.

CCTV footage showed the car mounted the pavement, drove against traffic, and crashed into a barrier outside parliament building.

Meanwhile, Johnson Smith also extended “sincere sympathies to the persons and families affected by the tragic infrastructure accident in Genoa, Italy, “especially as it comes in the wake of another recent tragic traffic accident in Bologna in which two persons died and 70 were injured.”

Firefighters with sniffer dogs have been trying to find survivors beneath the rubble of the giant bridge that collapsed, killing at least 30 people, including a child.

The incident happened as the city was lashed by an intense thunderstorm. Officials said 16 people were injured and 10 of them were in a critical condition.

Four people were pulled alive from the rubble. Dozens of cars and trucks plunged 150ft to the ground after the elevated motorway suddenly collapsed.

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