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London Attacks:Archbishop of Canterbury Statement

7 JULY 2005

Archbishop of Canterbury Statement on London Terrorist Attacks

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his horror and grief following the explosions in London this morning. Speaking whilst on an interfaith visit to West Yorkshire, Dr Williams said:

"The appalling events in London this morning have shocked us all. So I want first and foremost to extend my personal sympathy and condolences to everyone who is suffering and grieving at this time.

"All those caught up in this tragedy - and that includes of course the emergency services whose selfless dedication and commitment is so vital at times like this - all are in my own prayers and in the prayers of a great many people.

"As it happens I have spent this morning with Muslim colleagues and friends in West Yorkshire; and we were all as one in our condemnation of this evil and in our shared sense of care and compassion for those affected in whatever way.

"Such solidarity and common purpose is vital for us all at this time of pain and sorrow and anger.

"We in the faith communities will have to continue to stand and work together for the well being of our nation and for our shared understanding of the life that God calls us to. I hope that we shall all keep that vision alive at this deeply sad and testing time."

ENDS

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