London attacks: Five South Koreans among those injured near parliament

Members of the emergency services tend to an injured individual on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017.
Members of the emergency services tend to an injured individual on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Five South Koreans were injured near the British parliament on Wednesday (March 22) in what British police called a "marauding terrorist attack," South Korea's foreign ministry said in Seoul.

Five people were killed in the attack, including the assailant who drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and a policeman he stabbed outside of the British parliment.

The five South Koreans were injured in the chaos that ensued in the attack, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Three women and one man in their 50s and 60s suffered injuries including broken bones, the ministry said. Another woman in her 60s suffered a head injury while falling and was taken to a hospital where she received surgery.

There was no word on the seriousness of the injuries.

The five were being treated at two hospitals, and South Korean consular officials were on site to assist them, the ministry said.

A text message to South Korean nationals visiting Britain has been sent advising precaution following the attack.

South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo Ahn's office said in a statement that he had ordered the foreign ministry to take all measures necessary to protect and treat the injured.

Hwang had also requested foreign ministry personnel to cooperate with on-site authorities to ensure the safety of South Korean citizens.

The attack was the deadliest in London since four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the city's transport system in July 2005, London's worst peacetime attack.