Islamic Association of Lincoln ‘shocked and saddened by cowardly Manchester attack’

The Islamic Association of Lincoln has issued a statement condemning the attack by a suicide bomber in Manchester on Monday.

The UK’s threat level has been raised to ‘critical’ for the first time in 10 years following the attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Up to 5,000 soldiers are being deployed on the streets in preparation of any further attacks.

Bomber Salman Abedi, 22, was killed when the home-made bomb exploded in the foyer of the building. The terrorist group Isis has claimed responsibility for the attack which left 22 dead and 59 injured.

Tanweer Ahmed, Chairman and Trustee of the Islamic Association of Lincoln, said: “The Islamic Association of Lincoln strongly condemns the horrific attack on innocent people and teenagers.

“We are shocked and saddened by such cowardly attack. There were many children including Muslims and young people were at the concert and there is no religious justification in Islam for killing innocent people under any circumstances.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with victims and their families. I urge all Muslims and people with other faith or no faith to stand together, remain united and don’t let terrorists to divide us. We praise the work of Greater Manchester Police and our emergency services.”

Many people and organisations in Lincolnshire have shared their support in the wake of the devastating attack. 

Students from the University of Lincoln also held a vigil on the campus on the evening of Tuesday, May 23.