-Umesh C Sharma & Satya Minhas
Co Chairs, on behalf of the Trustees, Directors & Executive Members of the Hindu Council UK
The Hindu Council UK is outraged and deeply saddened by the news that so many have been killed and injured including many children in the terrorist attack targeting innocent people, carried out by a suicide bomber with an improvised explosive device at the Manchester Arena after the Ariana Grande performance.
This has been one of the most horrific terrorist incidents that the UK has had to face and one that we all hoped we would never see.
We collectively pray and join everyone in extending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed. We also hope for a fast recovery to all those who have been injured.
The attack which has killed 22 people and seriously injured over 60 people, has sent shock waves across the UK and the rest of the World.
We commend the exceptional bravery of our police, ambulance, fire and security services who risk their lives to keep us safe and once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way.
Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. Our country’s values of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law will not be defeated through violence and terror by a few.
We stand in solidarity with all Faith Communities in the UK and will not let these types of attacks divide us. Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
Aum Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Hindu Council UK (HCUK)