Brussels attacks: London faith group and Muslim leaders release statement condemning attacks

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Residents of Brussels have created a makeshift memorial in the city centre (Source: Getty)

Faiths Forum for London has released a statement, co-signed by 100 Muslim leaders, condemning the attacks that took place in Brussels this morning.

At least 34 people were killed and more than 130 wounded in a pair of attacks at Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek metro station in the European capital today. The Islamic State later claimed responsibility.

"Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the victims of the Brussels bombings this morning and similar horrors unleashed on innocent people in Istanbul and Ankara last week," the London faith group said in its statement.

"We are horrified by what has happened in recent weeks, and Britain’s faith communities are united in condemnation against these appalling acts. The perpetrators do not represent anybody but themselves, and unfortunately events such as these often result in an increase in racial and religious hate crime.

"We urge all communities to stand firm with compassion and solidarity, and to not engage in hateful or divisive language. We must not let terrorists divide us."

Faiths Forum for London also applauded the police and security services for their work, and called for a "fully engaged and integrated approach to tackling all forms of terrorism, violence and hatred".

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