The leader of Leeds City Council has issued a message of sympathy and solidarity on behalf of the city’s residents following tragic events in Paris.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The events yesterday evening in Paris are shocking and tragic and on behalf of the people of Leeds I offer our sincere condolences to all those affected by these terrible attacks.
“We send our sympathy and solidarity to the people of Paris and France.”
Leeds City Council is aware that there will be people from the city visiting Paris and the council is monitoring events to make support available if needed. Foreign Office advice is available at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france
The Leeds Muslim Council have also condemned the attacks.
Chief Imam of Makakh Mosque, Imam Qari Asim MBE, said: “We stand united with the people of France in this tragic hour: our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of these horrific attacks.”
The Leeds Imam added: “The terrible shootings and savage murders are not only an attack on the people of France, but an attack on all of us.
“Through their evil actions, the terrorists have shown that they have no regard for any religion and are an affront to human dignity and human conscience.
“Terrorism has no religion and British Muslims are committed to fighting ISIS’s toxic ideology, wherever in the world it is being promoted.
“The terrorists who carried out these murderous attacks wanted to create a climate of fear and anger in French, and indeed European, societies.
“The heinous crimes of these terrorists must not be allowed to destabilise the good relationships that exist between faith groups and communities within Europe.
“We must not let acts of hatred or terrorism divide our communities.
“This is precisely where the solid relationships we have built up can help us defeat terrorism and build stronger communities.
“We urge all communities in Europe to stand firm with compassion and solidarity.”
British Muslims at Makkah Mosque have held a special vigil and prayer service for the victims of the horrific attacks in Paris and said prayers for peace and stability around the world.
Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn took to social networking website Twitter this weekend.
The shadow secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs tweeted: “Terrible events in Paris.
“We are all thinking of those who have lost their lives, the injured and their families. Solidarité avec Paris.”