King’s Lynn Muslim leaders condemn terror attack

King's Lynn Town Hall lit up in red, white and blue lights in support of Westminster.
King's Lynn Town Hall lit up in red, white and blue lights in support of Westminster.

Leaders of Lynn’s Muslim community have expressed their outrage at last week’s terrorist attack on Westminster and urged the community to unite against extremism.

Five people, including the attacker, were killed in the incident on Wednesday afternoon, while dozens more were injured.

The so-called Islamic State group is reported to have claimed responsibility for the atrocity.

Police have also confirmed the attack was carried out by 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who was originally from Kent and had most recently been living in the West Midlands.

Officials of the West Norfolk Islamic Association have now added their voices to those condemning the attack.

The association’s president, Azam Gabbair, said: “The committee and local Muslim community express our sadness at this shocking news.

“Whoever committed the attack and whatever the motives, our thoughts, and sympathy are with the victims, their families, especially the brave police officers, ambulance and security service officers who challenged and stopped this attack and helped those injured.

“London is our capital and we stand in solidarity with all Londoners.

“At times like this, we all have a duty to come together and ensure that the forces of hatred do not divide us.”

The association issued its statement on Thursday afternoon, shortly before the colours of the Union flag were projected onto Lynn’s town hall to honour the victims.

A minute’s silence had earlier been observed at the council’s offices, while flags were flown at half-mast on public buildings.