LEADERS of Hyndburn's Muslim community have spoken out to condemn the London tube and bus bombings.
Following an emergency meeting of community leaders in the borough, a statement has been released expressing their shock and outrage at the terrorist attack.
It reads: "The Muslim faith leaders, youth representatives and leaders of the Hyndburn black and ethnic minority community wish to express their profound shock, anguish and horror at last week's bombing on innocent people in London. We join together in utterly condemning this criminal act against all communities and faiths of this country. In learning the identity of the perpetrators, the Muslim community is left in a state of numbness and severe sadness.
"While the police investigation continues, we would want to see all involved brought to justice and call for everyone to work together in making sure the division that was intended by this is not able to succeed.
"We will continue also to work closely with Lancashire Constabulary to offer support and co-operation in the national fight against terrorism.
"We have enjoyed very good relations between all communities in Hyndburn and we have no doubt this will continue at a difficult time for all.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of all that have lost their lives or have been injured by this barbaric act, particularly to the family of Marie Hartley from Oswaldtwistle.
"We wish to say further that terrorism has no religion.
"Young Muslims in Hyndburn join everyone in expressing their deep sadness. Nothing in Islam can ever justify these evil actions by a misguided few."