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UK: Leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Bolton express concerns that innocent Muslims could be targeted after Westminster attack


"We believe in love for all. In this situation I believe that innocent Muslims could be targeted, this is due to lack of knowledge and lack of information."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK desk
Source/Credit: Bolton News
By Alex Peace | March 27, 2017

THE leader of a local Muslim group believes innocent people could be targeted following the London terror attack.

Leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Bolton, Ahmad Salman Arshad, said he and the rest of the community condemn the attack.

He said: "Being British means we condemn this regardless of religion, race or colour.

"We believe in love for all. In this situation I believe that innocent Muslims could be targeted, this is due to lack of knowledge and lack of information. We have a strong Muslim community in England and we should stand together."

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police have reassured residents following an arrest in connection with the incident. A person was arrested in the Manchester area in connection with the attack and police searched a house in Didsbury.

GMP's Assistant Chief Constable, Rob Potts, said: “The horrific events of London have affected people across the nation and we know it has been felt strongly in our communities, here in Greater Manchester.

“In light of an arrest in Manchester overnight, I want to offer my strongest assurances that we are here to support our communities and will robustly investigate any reports of hatred towards anyone. We have reviewed our patrols to ensure we provide visible reassurance.

“Terrorist acts and hate crimes are committed by a tiny minority of people and are not representative of the public. We need to work together to defeat those who seek to destroy our communities with hate, fear, and violence.

“I urge people to come to us with any concerns you have, with the knowledge that we stand with you and will take action against any criminal behaviour.

“You can speak to a Neighbourhood officer, or call 101, if you are concerned about anything, and always call 999 in an emergency.

“I want be clear that there is no specific intelligence suggesting that there is any raised level of threat within Greater Manchester.”


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