Muslim leader for Beds condemns Charlie Hebdo killings

Bedfordshire Police paid tribute to their fallen colleagues in Paris by holding a one minute silence at 10.30am on Thursday 8 January.
Bedfordshire Police paid tribute to their fallen colleagues in Paris by holding a one minute silence at 10.30am on Thursday 8 January.

The attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been condemned by the local Muslim community.

Abdul Sami - regional Amir for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Beds, Herts, Bucks and Cambs - said: “We condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo and are deeply shocked by this atrocity that has taken 12 lives and injured scores more. We offer our condolences to the family of the victims.

“It is a great source of regret that such violent acts and terrorist activities continue to be associated with Islam - despite the fact they have nothing to do with Islam’s true teachings.”

Bedfordshire Police paid tribute to their fallen colleagues in Paris by holding a one minute silence at 10.30am last Thursday.

It took place 24 hours after the tragic incident in France that left 12 people, including two French police officers dead.

Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “Bedfordshire Police wished to show their sympathy and esprit de corps with our colleagues in France.

“We are not alone, forces across the UK stood in solidarity with our French police comrades by holding a one minute silence.”

Four of cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo, six other employees or visitors and two policemen were killed when the Kouachi brothers, self-proclaimed ‘avengers of the Prophet’ attached the magazine offices in Paris last Wednesday.

Three million copies of Wednesday’s edition of the magazine are being printed.

The cover of the latest edition shows the Prophet Muhammad holding a sign reading ‘I am Charlie’, below the words ‘all is forgiven’.