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.