It’s mur­der – don’t try to link this to our faith

Atroc­ity prompts mes­sage to ter­ror­ists and pub­lic

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page - By Alex Clar­idge aclar­idge@thek­m­group.co.uk @clar­idgealex

Mus­lims in Can­ter­bury are urg­ing peo­ple not to equate last week’s ter­ror at­tack in West­min­ster with their faith.

Kathryn Ir­rgang staged a one-woman show of de­fi­ance at the St Ge­orge’s round­about on Mon­day with plac­ards bear­ing the words “Not in my name – no ter­ror­ism” and “Not in my name Lon­don”.

The 43-year-old free­lance writer said: “This is a mes­sage to peo­ple to say that what hap­pened in Lon­don should not be as­so­ci­ated with Is­lam.

“It is also a mes­sage to the ter­ror­ists to stop link­ing the name of the re­li­gion to what they do.

“This is just mur­der. It is ni­hilis­tic and has noth­ing to do with Is­lam. No re­li­gion con­dones this sort of be­hav­iour.”

Four peo­ple, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, were killed last Wed­nes­day by Dart­ford-born Khalid Ma­sood, 52.

He drove along the pave­ment of West­min­ster Bridge and stabbed PC Keith Palmer, 48, to death out­side the Houses of Par­lia­ment be­fore be­ing shot dead.

In Can­ter­bury, driv­ers us­ing the ring road showed their sol­i­dar­ity with Kathryn by beep­ing their horns, while pedes­tri­ans stopped to give her a hug or take her pic­ture. One even bought her a bunch of flow­ers.

Kathryn, who was born in Can­ter­bury and con­verted to Is­lam while study­ing phi­los­o­phy at univer­sity, added: “Peo­ple in Can­ter­bury have been very sup­port­ive about the mes­sage I’m try­ing to get out.

“It’s re­ally great that they’ve re­acted like this.”

The Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for its first at­tack on Bri­tish soil and de­scribed Ma­sood as its “soldier”, but on Mon­day po­lice de­nied he was linked to the ter­ror group.

And Ta­manna Miah, a Can­ter­bury Christ Church Univer­sity pol­i­tics and me­dia stu­dent, told the Gazette that peo­ple should re­ject the links be­tween ter­ror and Is­lam.

“This at­tack has got noth­ing to do with me, noth­ing to do with Is­lam,” the 23-yearold said. “The peo­ple who do such things are in­hu­man. But what can hap­pen is that peo­ple equate Is­lam with these at­tacks. Then you get the likes of Paul Nut­tall, of Ukip, say­ing that Mus­lims should come out and con­demn it.

“Why? It’s noth­ing to do with us. If a Jew or a Chris­tian were to do some­thing, would all Jews or Chris­tians be re­quired to come and con­demn it?”

Thir­teen peo­ple are still in hospi­tal re­cov­er­ing from in­juries fol­low­ing his at­tack.

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Kathryn Ir­rgang urges peo­ple in Can­ter­bury not to link ter­ror to Is­lam

Pic­ture: Scot­land Yard/ SWNS.COM

Khalid Ma­sood, the Kent-born ter­ror­ist re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack; po­lice and paramedics out­side the Houses of Par­lia­ment; Can­ter­bury stu­dent Ta­manna Miah

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