Today the members of the European Muslim League express their shock and horror over the Easter Sunday massacre in Sri Lanka.
Once again worshippers have been targeted in their house of prayer. Last month it was Muslims in mosques in New Zealand and today our Christian brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka who are the victims of one of the most depraved acts of terror experienced in recent times.
EML stands in solidarity with Christian communities around the world who, like us, are reeling from the news that more than 200 Christian worshippers and hotel guests on the island nation have become victims of terror. Our thoughts are with their families as well as with the survivors.
With the death toll of 207 expected to rise and more than 450 injured, it is now emerging that dozens of overseas visitors are among the casualties; people of faith and no faith caught up in a despicable act of terrorism.
Our message today is one of peace because by rejecting all violence and the hate that goes with it we want those responsible to know they will never win.
Our heartfelt prayers also go out to those in America, Denmark, China, Japan, Pakistan, Morocco, India and Bangladesh caught up in this despicable act while visiting Sri Lanka and to their families and friends back home.