Paris terror attacks: Fears that ‘Islamophobia’ could rise in Milton Keynes

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MK Muslims fear that ‘Islamophobia’ could rise in Milton Keynes after terrorists killed 129 innocent people “in the name of Islam”.

Anouar Kassim director of MK Islamic Arts and Culture, says his community feels “great sadness, anger and concern” following the terror attacks in Paris.

Condemning the attacks carried out by Islamist militants, Mr Kassim raised concerns that Friday’s events could increase ‘Islamophobia’ in MK.

He said: “Any act of violence against innocent people is an act of violence against all innocent people.

“Security is a great blessing of civil society, and to intentionally undermine that security is an act pleasing to people who say they are Muslim.

“This is not Islam - Please not in my name.”

At 11am this morning the UK joined Europe in a minute’s silence to honour those killed.

The series of terror attacks across the French city comes after Islamist gunmen murdered 12 journalists at a French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo for drawings depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Just days after this a Muslim woman was spat at on the street as she walked along Queensway in Bletchley.

At the time, local Muslims said such violent acts were “not accepted in Islam or society”.

Mr Kassim added: “MK Islamic Arts and Culture Organisation strongly condemn such horrible acts of violence and I want to express our deepest sympathies to all the people of France.

“We have worked hard to develop good community spirit and it only takes one incident in Britain to destroy great relationships.

“After Charlie Hebdo killings there were incidents where women were spat on in Milton Keynes and raise in Islamophobia. This worries us.”