As you can imagine, faithful reader, many comments and statements will be made regarding the incident in Woolwich, Wednesday 22 May 2013. I'm posting a selection of these on the blog, limited to relevant organisations with which Leicester Council of Faiths is involved to some extent. Below is a statement issued this evening by the Federation of Muslim Organisations:
Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) condemns in the strongest terms possible the shocking and abhorrent murder of a soldier in Woolwich, London. FMO PR Officer Suleman Nagdi said "This is a most truly appalling crime. Reports about the graphic nature of the incident with the use of a machete to commit murder in full public view, makes this case even more reprehensible. As the situation unfolds, our thoughts are with the family of the victim".
The Prime Minister David Cameron has said that there are "strong indications that it is a terrorist incident". Mr Nagdi added, "The FMO condemns violence for whichever cause in all its hideous guises and it is our sincere hope that the perpetrators of this horrendous crime are brought to justice. Muslims historically through the first and second World Wars have contributed greatly to the defence of our country. I appeal for all communities to remain calm in the face of this attack and not to allow this evil crime to divide communities in our country".