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Islington Faith Forum urges peace after Paris attacks

PUBLISHED: 11:52 16 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:38 16 November 2015

People display the French Tricolor during a vigil at Trafalgar Square, in London, as London stands in solidarity with its sister European capital in the wake of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, which left at least 127 people dead and over 200 injured. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 14, 2015. See PA story POLICE  Paris Vigil. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

People display the French Tricolor during a vigil at Trafalgar Square, in London, as London stands in solidarity with its sister European capital in the wake of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, which left at least 127 people dead and over 200 injured. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 14, 2015. See PA story POLICE Paris Vigil. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

A committee representing different faiths in Islington has urged for a united and peaceful response to the terror attacks in Paris last week.

A total of 129 people died and 352 people were injured, 99 of them critically, in attacks on Paris restaurants, bars, a concert hall and the Stade de France on Friday night. Islamic State terrorists have since claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In a statement, the committee for the Islington Faiths Forum, a community partnership of faith-based organisations in the borough, expressed its “deep sorrow” for the victims of the attacks, which it condemned as an “assault on humanity”.

“We stand in deep sorrow alongside the innocent people who were so brutally murdered in the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday and pray for their families, friends and all who were injured,” the statement read.

“Terrorism can never be accepted or justified in any circumstances whatsoever. It is an assault on humanity and on the mutual respect that exists between the vast majority of people of different faiths and cultures.”

The faith organisation urged for unity and peace in response to the tragedy.

“As we remember the victims of these attacks we remember all victims of terrorism everywhere, no matter what their nationality, race or creed,” the statement added. “We urge unity and a peaceful response to this tragedy.”

Meanwhile, Islington police said that it would adjust its security measures as the situation develops.

A statement issued on Saturday on behalf of Assist Supt Howells said: “At this time we have not been made aware of any increased threat to the UK but it is clearly prudent that we put in place additional patrols in order to continue to reassure all of our communities.

“The MPS and the Borough will continue to closely monitor the developing situation and adjust our patrol strategy as necessary.”

The statement added that police would take a “zero tolerance approach to any hate crime and will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities”.

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