Sunday 20 August 2017

London mayor Sadiq Khan: You do not commit these disgusting acts in my name

He condemned the ‘perverse ideology’ of London Bridge attackers.

By Nilima Marshall

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan warned extremists they will never win as mourners gathered at a tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack.

The crowd of all ages and races stood quietly for the impeccably held minute’s silence at a vigil a short walk away from the scene of Saturday’s bloodshed in which seven people were killed and 48 injured.

To huge applause, Khan told those gathered for the service in Potters Fields Park, near London’s City Hall: “As a proud and patriotic British Muslim I say this you do not commit these disgusting acts in my name.

“Your perverse ideology has nothing to do with the true values of Islam.

“You will never succeed in dividing our city.”

The crowd included passers-by, paramedics, police officers, fire crews and community leaders.

Many carried flowers and some held Union flags.

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Loud cheering and applause forced Khan to pause his speech as he paid tribute to the emergency services and ordinary people who tried to help.

He said: “Today we mourn the loss of innocent lives.

“Londoners and people from around the world, we send our love to the victims’ families and to all those who were injured.

“And we thank our courageous emergency services and the brave Londoners who risked their lives to care for others, you are the best of us.”

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He said there was still “great sorrow and anger” across the city about the “barbaric ” and “cowardly” attack.

He said there is also great unity and determination because “our unity and love for one another will always be stronger than hate from the extremists”.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott along with faith leaders from a wide range of religions attended the service.

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