Islamic State claims responsibility for UK Parliament attack

CAIRO, March 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State was responsible for an attack outside Britain's Parliament which left four people dead, the group's Amaq news agency said on Thursday.

"The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition," the Amaq statement said.

Islamic State, which has controlled parts of Iraq and Syria in recent years, has lost territory this year to local forces in those countries supported by a U.S.-led military coalition. (Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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A floral tribute to the victims of yesterday's terror attack is left at the security cordon near Westminster Abbey in central London on March 23, 2017. Seven people have been arrested including in London and Birmingham over Wednesday's terror attack at the British parliament, the police said today, revising down the number of victims to three people. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian sandartist Sudarsan Pattnaik gives the final touches to a sand sculpture on Puri Beach, some 65kms from Bhubaneswar on March 23, 2017, the day after an attack in London. Seven people have been arrested including some in London and Birmingham over the terror attack at the British parliament, the police said, revising down the number of victims to three / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
The building of the city hall in Tel Aviv's Rabin square in Israel is illuminated in solidarity with Britain for the attack on Westminster Bridge in London March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Flowers are laid at the scene after an attack on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People leave flowers at the scene after an attack on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Flowers and messages are left near the scene of an attack by a man driving a car and weilding a knife left five people dead and dozens injured, in London, Britain, March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Flowers are left outside New Scotland Yard after a minute's silence the morning after an attack by a man driving a car and weilding a knife left five people dead and dozens injured, in London, Britain, March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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