'One man's acts of violence have no place within any of the faiths' - Northampton's religious groups condemn Westminster attack

Five people have died following the attack in Westminster on March 22.
Five people have died following the attack in Westminster on March 22.

Northampton's religious societies have condemned the Westminster terror attack and say they will not let "inhumane individuals drive us apart."

Their comments come after a man drove a car through pedestrians and stabbed a police officer to death in London on Wednesday.

Members of the Northampton Bangladeshi Association, based in Mill Road.

Members of the Northampton Bangladeshi Association, based in Mill Road.

Five people have now died and over 50 people were injured.

Hasna Hoque, on behalf of the Northampton Bangladeshi Association, said: "We would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of the lost ones at yesterday's terrorist attack in Westminster, London.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this attack.

"We all have to come together at these testing times and not let inhumane individuals drive us apart.

"These atrocities do not just affect one group of people, they affect people from all races and religions."

William Duncan, chair of The Northampton Inter Faith Forum: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families. One man's acts of violence have no place within any of the faiths and we know that religious leaders, locally and nationally, have expressed their condemnation and horror.

Members of the Northampton Inter Faith Forum with gifts for their Christmas appeal in December 2016.

Members of the Northampton Inter Faith Forum with gifts for their Christmas appeal in December 2016.

"The immediate responses in Westminster to the terrible attack were that of courage and goodness as different people from different backgrounds came together to help and comfort each other. The following day, in the evening, people again came together for a candlelit vigil in Trafalgar Square. NIFF shares their demonstration of unity and we share a commitment to a peaceful, safe and just society.

"The good relations that NIFF has developed between people of different faiths will continue to play a vital role in strengthening community bonds, building greater understanding and mutual support especially at times like these.”