Members of the West Norfolk Islamic Association have condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris.
In a statement released yesterday, the association, which has a centre in King’s Lynn, said it: “Unequivocally condemns the barbarous acts of murder, perpetrated in the heart of Paris, which has resulted in the loss of innocent lives and caused an untold number of injuries.
“No words can describe the utter repulsion felt by the Muslim community in West Norfolk at the loss and injury of human life.
“The WNIA would like to reiterate that the true message of Islam is one of Peace, Justice, Freedom and the love of humanity. We disassociate ourselves from any organisation claiming to be Muslim or otherwise, which carries out acts that are contradictory to the teachings of Islam.
“Our sympathy and prayers go to the families of the victims, we pray for them as we pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism, we pray for peace, security and harmony to triumph in our country and the rest of the world.”
As a mark of respect in Lynn, the borough council’s night-time light show was changed this week to red, white and blue on the Corn Exchange and bank buildings in the Tuesday Market Place.
A spokesman for the West Norfolk council said a message was put out on social media’s Twitter which announced the tribute.
Norfolk singer James Veck-Gilodi, front man of rock band Deaf Havana, has posted on Instagram his shock at the tragic events in the French capital.
He said it had ‘hit home hard’ as a few months ago, the band had been put forward to support the Eagles of Death Meta’s tour.
The singer, who attended Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, said the band, which was formed in 2005 at the King’s Lynn campus of the College of West Anglia, could easily have been in the Le Bataclan concert hall that night.
An estimated 89 people died and dozens were seriously injured at the concert hall. Tour members were on stage when terrorists burst in, opened fire and held those inside hostage.
“We could have very easily been in the venue watching them like everyone else who sadly lost their lives whilst attending the show,” said the singer, who added his thoughts were with all the families.