Archbishop of Canterbury on the London attack


The Archbishop of Canterbury released the following statement on Facebook regarding this morning’s attack on Muslims in London:

The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years.
The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country.
At a time when we are all grieving the loss of so many precious people in London and Manchester, this brutal attack can only compound the trauma. Violence only begets more violence – it serves only the interests of those who would terrorise others.
This wanton and cruel act can produce no good and cannot be justified or excused. In exactly the same way as previous recent attacks it is a crime against God and against humanity.
A van drove into a crowd of Muslims near a mosque in Finsbury Park in north London early this morning. The people were gathered for prayers for the holy month of Ramadan. One man was killed and eight other people were injured. In the aftermath of the attack, bystanders were able to detain the van driver, who tried to escape. Imam Mohammed Mahmoud has been praised by the Metropolitan Police for keeping the situation as calm as possible. The van driver is now in custody.
UPDATE: The Bishop of Monmouth has responded to reports that an address in Cardiff has been searched as part of the investigation into last night’s attack:

As police search a house in Cardiff following the terrorist incident on Muslim worshippers near Finsbury Park, the Bishop of Monmouth, Richard Pain, whose diocese covers part of Cardiff, said:

“I am very saddened to hear of this terrorist attack.  Cardiff and Newport Areas are well known for enjoying good relationships amongst the different cultures and faiths and this attack does not represent the faith communities who work well together for the well being of all in South East Wales. Only last night, representatives of the Muslim communities attended a service at St Woolos Cathedral.   Our thoughts and prayers go to those affected by the attack and our resolve is to work for peace and mutual respect.”

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