Thoughts of Coventry with victims in New Zealand attack

Published Friday, 03 September 2021

The Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council has condemned the terror attack in New Zealand and sent the thoughts and prayers of the city to the victims and their families.

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan
Cllr Abdul Salam Khan

Police shot and killed a “violent extremist” after he stabbed and wounded at least six people in an Auckland supermarket.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the incident was a “terrorist attack” carried out by a Sri Lankan national who was under police surveillance and was a supporter of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Of the six wounded people, three are in a critical condition and one is in a serious condition.

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan said the attack had horrified people around the world and would only serve to unite people in the war against terrorism.

He said: “These mindless and hateful acts are not carried out in the name of any faith, but by individuals who are determined to inflict pain and terror on others.

“As a multicultural city of sanctuary, Coventry is fortunate to welcome people from around the world and we show how all faiths and races can live in peace side by side, helping and respecting each other.

“These attacks are against that peaceful way of life and they must not be allowed to succeed. People around the world must unite in their condemnation of terrorism and violence and this latest attack will only serve to strengthen our resolve that terrorism will never win.

“The thoughts and prayers of the people of Coventry are with the victims and their families and in their name we will continue our work for peace and reconciliation and a world free of hatred.”

Coventry City Council