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Norfolk religious leaders unite in condemnation of terror attack in Westminster

PUBLISHED: 20:34 23 March 2017

Police outside the Palace of Westminster, London. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

Police outside the Palace of Westminster, London. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

JONATHAN BRADY

Religious leaders in Norfolk have united in condemnation of the suspected terror attack at Westminster.

The Bishop of Norwich, Rt Revd Graham James.



Picture: James Bass The Bishop of Norwich, Rt Revd Graham James. Picture: James Bass

Four people, including unarmed policeman Pc Keith Palmer, were killed and up to 40 hurt when a man mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before stabbing Pc Palmer inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, said: “We hold in our prayers all those affected by yesterday’s attack on Parliament – the dead and injured, their families and loved ones, and those who witnessed the carnage. “It’s important to remember it was a police officer and pedestrians who died – those doing their duty along with tourists, students and city workers.

“Such attacks show a callous disregard for human worth and dignity, and should increase our resolution to preserve all that is best in our society. “It’s also a time to hear afresh the radical call of Jesus to love our neighbours as ourselves – a challenge when we can become suspicious of one another through fear.”

Sirajul Islam, general secretary of the Norwich Central Mosque on Rose Lane, officially know as the East Anglian Bangladeshi Islamic Centre, said: “The vast majority of Muslims don’t hold these sort of views and we really, really condemn this sort of behaviour.

Sirajul Islam, secretary of the Mosque management committee at the Norwich Central Mosque, Rose Lane. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Sirajul Islam, secretary of the Mosque management committee at the Norwich Central Mosque, Rose Lane. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“I would like to put my sympathy to the victims.

“This sort of thing shouldn’t be happening anywhere in the world regardless of race, colour or religion. This is an act of terror and its inhuman.

“It’s not acceptable and these people should be stopped. Anyone behind these sort of things should be brought to justice.”

Meanwhile a statement issued on behalf of the West Norfolk Islamic Association said: “Our community is deeply saddened and shocked at the news of yesterday’s attack in the heart of our city London. We at the West Norfolk Islamic Association of Kings Lynn completely condemn this barbarous attack, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, especially the brave police officers, ambulance and security service officers who helped those injured.

“At uncertain times like this, it is essential that we come together as one, to ensure that the forces of hatred do not divide us. Unity is key to moving forward and trying to restore our daily lives.”

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