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Following the attack on Manchester Arena last night, Saleem Kidwai OBE, KFO, FRSA, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, has issued the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by the horrific events overnight in Manchester, and my prayers are with the families and the victims of this cowardly act.  I hear that many of the victims and injured were children and young teenagers, which makes this criminal attack all the more terrible.

“We must all pay tribute to the fantastic job done by the Greater Manchester Police and the emergency services in responding to the incident, and working tirelessly to save lives and ensure the safety of all those caught up in the events.  Moreover, the public of Manchester, including taxi drivers and hoteliers, pulling together to offer transport and lodgings to people in their time of need, shows the wonderful nature of the people of this great city.

“I would urge the public to refrain from speculation, and to only share news from trustworthy sources.  Already there have been many social media hoaxes exposed regarding this incident, which will only serve to delay the investigations, and cause further confusion.  I pray that the Police will be able to swiftly identify the       perpetrator and his motives so that justice can be done.”

Notes to Editors:

The Muslim Council of Wales is Wales’ largest Muslim umbrella body, with regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

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Sunday 7th February is national mosque open day. Mosques across the UK are opening their doors in an attempt to build bridges between neighbours. Below are a list of participating mosques, please do drop by!

Al-Manar Centre, 2-4 Glynrhondda Street, Cardiff, CF24 4AN (11am – 5.30pm)

Bangor Islamic Centre, 61 High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1NR

Berea Masjid, Berra Cottages, Blaina, NP13 3AD (11am – 5.30pm)

Darul Isra, Wyvernne Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4BG (11am – 5.30pm)

Jamia mosque, 183-186 Commercial Road, Newport, NP20 2GW (11am – 5.30pm)

Shah Jalal Mosque and Islamic Centre, Crwys Road (on the bridge), Cathays Cardiff, CF24 4NJ (12pm – 5pm)

Swansea Mosque Islamic and Community Centre, 14-15 St Helen’s Rd, Swansea SA1 4AW (2pm – 5pm)

Swansea University Mosque, Building 6, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP (11am – 5.30pm)

Wrexham Islamic Cultural Centre, 6 Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, LL11 1DN (11am – 3pm)

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