Newham Muslim community condemn Westminster terror attacks as 'barbaric'
PUBLISHED: 14:11 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:30 23 March 2017
A group representing mosques across Newham has described the Westminster terror attacks as "barbaric" and "horrific".
The announcement by the Alliance of Muslim Associations in Newham comes after IS claimed a “soldier of the Islamic State” had carried out the attacks on its behalf.
Teacher Aysha Frade, Pc Keith Palmer and US citizen Kurt Cochran died in Wednesday’s events on Westminster Bridge and outside the Houses of Parliament.
Dr Zulfiqar Ali, chairman of the Alliance of Muslim Associations in Newham, said the “horrific attack on our highest place of democracy is an act of terrorism that cannot be justified by any means”.
Offering his condolences “on behalf of the Muslim community in Newham”, Mr Ali said: “Pc Keith Palmer gave his life in protecting our parliament and our people. His brave actions, sacrificing his life are commendable.
“There were other people enjoying their visit to London and getting on with their work/business in our busiest city and an attack of this nature resulting in loss of innocent lives and causing serious injuries, is barbaric.
Mr Ali added that such acts of terrorism “cannot be justified on any religious basis and such acts do not differentiate makeup of the society”.
He said: “We are a tolerant society, where we live in peace and harmony and respect each other as part of our British values.
“Attacks of this nature cannot and will not weaken this bond and in fact strengthens our solidarity to stand side by side to support each other and condemn such unwarranted actions by a tiny minority that is trying to drive us apart. They will not succeed.”
Police are currently meeting with faith leaders at New Scotland Yard.