London (IINA) � The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), in a statement, commended the Metropolitan Police as well as the leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as they reacted to the attack on Westminster.
While condemnomg the attack, MCB and its Secretary General Harun Khan joined thousands of Londoners as they converge on Trafalgar Square in solidarity with the victims.
Harun Khan said: This attack was cowardly and depraved. There is no justification for this act whatsoever. The best response to this outrage is to make sure we come together in solidarity and not allow the terrorists to divide us. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go to the families of the victims.
My thoughts are also with the late PC Keith Palmer and his family. His bravery and the response of the police and emergency services are to be commended.
In this regard, I would also like to thank Assistant Commissioner Rowley for his leadership in reassuring Muslim communities around the country.
That leadership has been echoed by our PM who has rightly said that we will ‘come together as normal,’ and the Mayor of London who has spoken about how Londoners ‘respect, embrace and celebrate each other and that’s going to carry on.’
I hope my Muslim brothers and sisters will reach out to fellow Londoners and Britons in solidarity to demonstrate that such hatred will not defeat our way of life.
The incident came after an attacker drove a car along a pavement into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before running through an adjacent gate to the British parliament and stabbing a police officer, DPA reported.
The dead included the stabbed police officer, Keith Palmer, 48, and the attacker, who was shot by other officers, Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said.
“Three members of the public also lost their lives in this attack,” said Rowley, who is Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer.
The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organizations, mosques, charities, and schools.
Source: International Islamic News Agency