The Chairman of the Islamic Association of Lincoln has condemned attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants in Paris on Friday, stating he is “deeply shocked” by events.
His views come in the days after terrorists’ coordinated bomb and gun strikes killed at least 129 people and injured more than 350 in the French capital on Friday, November 13.
Dr Tanweer Ahmed said: “The Quran says, ‘whosoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.’
“I am deeply shocked by the events. My prayers and thoughts go to the families of those who died and were injured in Paris.
“Terrorists will not divide us. I urge people of Lincoln to stand and work together to defeat terrorism.”
Thousands of people across Lincolnshire observed a minute-long silence on Monday, November 16 in tribute to those killed and injured, with county leaders speaking out against the attacks.
Lincolnshire Police also warned residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity as the risk of physical and cyber attacks on the UK is heightened.
Suspects are still being sought across Europe, with a number of raids taking place in France at addressed linked to IS militants.
In 24 hours the French have conducted two air raids against IS in Raqqa in Syria, conducted in coordination with US forces.