Scottish Faith Leaders Condemn Attack

23 March 2017, 17:42

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Scottish faith leaders have condemned the terrorist attack in London as flags flew at half-mast across the country.

Prominent buildings including the Scottish Parliament, Glasgow City Chambers and Edinburgh City Chambers lowered their flags to pay respects to the dead and injured.

Scotland's Muslim and Christian communities issued a joint statement through the Church of Scotland.

It said: "As representatives and leaders of our various faith communities, we are united in our condemnation of Wednesday's terrorist attack in London.

"Love of God and love of neighbour are the guiding principles of our faith traditions and we deplore all acts of violence.

"Trusting in God's healing presence and power, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been bereaved, injured or left traumatised by this terrible incident.

"We urge everyone of whatever faith tradition or none to live peaceably with their neighbours and to actively uphold the values of compassion, love and respect.''

Police Scotland said patrols would be increased to reassure communities.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: "Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and their communities.

"Whilst there is no specific intelligence to suggest such an incident will occur in Scotland, the UK threat level remains at severe, therefore we must remain alert but not alarmed.

"Due to the nature of the attacks in London, certain communities understandably may feel more vulnerable at this time.

"I would urge each and every member of the community to continue to work together in ensuring that no person or group in Scotland feels marginalised or isolated.''

Messages of condolence were also sent from Glasgow and Edinburgh councils following Wednesday's attack.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said "On behalf of the citizens of Glasgow, I send a message of sympathy and solidarity to the people of London.

"Glasgow shares your sorrow at the senseless loss of life and the dreadful injuries inflicted upon innocent people.

"Our thoughts and prayers go to those who have lost loved ones and those whose lives have been irrevocably changed.''

Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "On behalf of everyone in Edinburgh, I send our heartfelt condolences at this tragic time.

"While words can hardly do justice in the wake of such an atrocity, particularly one at the heart of our democracy, our thoughts are with the people affected by these terrible events.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those who have died and are injured.''