UK terror: No Aussies harmed in attack, says Julie Bishop

IT IS believed no Australians have been involved in a terror attack near London's Houses of Parliament that has left at least four people dead.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says that has been confirmed by Australia's High Commissioner in London, who she has been in contact with from Washington.

'I can assure Australians that to this point no Australians have been identified as being involved,' she told reporters on Thursday.

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Ms Bishop extended the Australian government's sympathy to the people of the UK after speaking to her counterpart

'I extended our deep condolences to him on behalf of the government and we both discussed what a shocking and sad incident it was,' Ms Bishop told Sky News.

'We stand with the United Kingdom in its fight against terrorism.'

Ms Bishop said Australia and other countries must counter the ideology of organisations like the so-called Islamic State with an alternative narrative.

'The compassion and the freedom and the liberty that exists in countries like Great Britain was on stark display today,' she said.

Ms Bishop said if the incident was found to be a terror attack, it was of a style that is very difficult for intelligence and security agencies to detect.

The foreign minister insisted the government is doing all it can to ensure Australia is safe from such an attack.

'But as we have seen in the United Kingdom today, these events can occur,' she said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia's heartfelt sympathies were with the victims of the attack.

'Australia stands in resolute solidarity with the people of Britain in war against terrorism,' he tweeted.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has pledged support to Britain after the attack.

'This shocking crime, designed to weaken the U.K., will only make her stronger. All Australians stand with Britain today,' he tweeted early on Thursday.

The attacker, who was shot dead, mowed down several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing it then running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster and fatally stabbing a police officer.

News Corp Australia


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