Today, on Saturday 14th November 2015, Luton Borough Council and the town's faith communities have added their voices to the many millions of others around the world to strongly condemn last night’s attack on the city of Paris, France and offered their deepest sympathies to everyone affected by the tragedy.
Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Borough Council, said “I’ve been overcome with sadness watching these terrible events unfold. My thoughts and prayers go out the innocent victims of these senseless, heinous and unfathomable crimes. It’s too hard to comprehend that people who were simply enjoying a night out with friends and family could be targeted in this way. On behalf of all Lutonians I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the people of Paris and everyone affected by what has happened, particularly those who have lost friends, colleagues and loved ones. I hope those responsible can be brought to justice for their crimes.”
Rehana Faisal, representing both the Sunni and Luton Council of Mosques, said “The Muslim Community of Luton are deeply saddened and appalled by the horrific attacks which took place in Paris yesterday. The level of barbarism and violence shown by the perpetrators is truly horrendous. We recognise the immeasurable pain and suffering that the families and friends of the victims will be feeling, and our thoughts and prayers are with them. This was an indiscriminate attack on the whole of humanity and has touched the lives of us all, regardless of nationality, faith or background. Such attacks are designed to polarise communities and turn neighbour against neighbour. We are committed in ensuring that they do not achieve their objective.”
Zafar Khan, Chair of Luton Council of Faiths, added "An attack on one is an attack on all. In the face of such adversities, we will work even harder for peace and harmony in our world."