‘We commit ourselves to living in peace’: Luton faith leaders unite to condemn Brussels terrorists

Faith leaders gathered in Luton on Tuesday

Faith leaders gathered in Luton on Tuesday

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Faith leaders in Luton have united to condemn those behind the terror attacks in Brussels this week.

During a pre-arranged visit to Luton on Tuesday, the Bishop of Bedford, Rt Revd Dr Richard Atkinson, toured mosques and Muslim schools.

Faith leaders gathered in Luton on Tuesday

Faith leaders gathered in Luton on Tuesday

Revd Atkinson and other faith leaders discussed that morning’s attacks at an airport and metro station in Brussels, as well as recent bombings in Turkey.

Revd Atkinson said: “It was an opportunity to talk about issues of shared concern.

“It was also a time of sharing our condemnation of the latest violence and prayers for world peace.”

Zafar Khan, chair of Luton Council of Faiths, added: “As Christians and Muslims, and people of all faiths and none in Luton, we mourn with the people of Belgium, of Ankara and Istanbul. We pray for peace there, as well as in Syria and Iraq, and all nations rampaged by terror. And we commit ourselves again to living at peace with our neighbours in Luton, getting to know each other and building a strong united community.”

Faith leaders gathered in Luton on Tuesday

Faith leaders gathered in Luton on Tuesday