‘An attack on our shared humanity’ - Bishop’s prayers for victims of Paris terror attacks

Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (Right Reverend Martin Seeley) ANL-150620-204534009

Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (Right Reverend Martin Seeley) ANL-150620-204534009

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The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich has paid tribute to all those killed, injured, bereaved and the citizens of Paris following Friday’s devastating terror attacks.

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley spoke as France marks three days of mourning for the 129 people killed in the attacks, claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants, on a concert hall, sports stadium, restaurants and bars in the French capital.

Nick Alexander, 36, of Colchester in Essex, was among those who died at the Bataclan concert hall.

Rev Seeley said: “The appalling evil perpetrated in Paris on Friday night is an attack not only on the people of that great city, but on our shared humanity.

“Our prayers go out for those who were killed, injured, and bereaved, and for all the citizens of Paris. Among those killed, we pray for the family of Nick Alexander from Colchester.

“We give thanks for the outpouring of compassion and practical help for the victims, and for the clear determination of the people of Paris not to be cowed by this atrocity.

“While we must support greater vigilance, we also must ensure that by our response the vast majority of Muslims and Syrian refugees across Europe do not become unwitting victims of the evil of the few who act in the name of terror.

“This is a time to work together, to reach out, to build bridges, to strengthen the bond we all share as human beings created by God.”