Muslims must do more to stop terror attacks from happening again, a senior British police chief has said, claiming there’s ‘‘alarm and concern’‘ that the Islamic community gave no warning of Saturday’s terrorist strike in London.
Making a statement alongside Muslim community leaders, Commander Mak Chishty said: “The Muslim community appeals to all sections within their own communities to root out the scorge of terrorism that hides among their own people and masquerades as Islam……Terrorism and extremism is hurting Islam, Muslims must do more to stop such attacks happening again and we want to know how we can play a greater role in the future.”
Mak Chishty, who is the highest-ranking police officer of the Muslim faith in the Met has said those close to the assailants must have known something about the plot.
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan, who has faced flak from US President Donald Trump, has also said the ideology that the three attackers followed has no place in Islam.
“These three men who committed this act of terror, these terrorists who killed a number of people, injured many others, they believe in a perverse, twisted, poisonous form of Islam, which I don’t recognise and doesn’t represent the faith that I know,” Khan said.
While the government’s Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, himself a Muslim, has also said the UK’s Islamic community must do more than simply condemn terror attacks, echoing Prime Minister Theresa May’s belief that Britain has been far too tolerant of extremism.