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DUP leader Arlene Foster signs condolences book for terror attack victims

By Brett Campbell

DUP leader Arlene Foster was yesterday among the first people to sign a book of condolence opened at Belfast City Hall for victims of the terror attack in London.

The former First Minister was joined by US Consul General Daniel J Lawton, party colleagues and civic leaders at a public event in the afternoon.

Mrs Foster, who attended City Hall with DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, wrote: "Thoughts and prayers with the victims of this terrible atrocity. Terrorism and evil never win. God Bless."

The US Consul General also penned a message expressing solidarity. "The United States has strongly condemned the terrible attack in Westminster and stands by its special partner, the United Kingdom, at this difficult time," he wrote.

Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, who presided over the opening of the book, called on everyone to stand against "the act of madness" that horrified the city on Wednesday.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Kingston described what happened as "diabolical" and an "attack on democracy".

Mr Kingston added that security forces would now be analysing the attack in order to better protect people from becoming easy victims.

Three people, including a mother-of-two and an American tourist, died after a terrorist used to a car to run over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. A policeman also died after being fatally stabbed by the attacker as he tried to enter the Houses of Parliament.

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