Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal Expresses Shock and Sadness at Baghdad, Dhaka and Medina Attacks

Cardinal Vincent  has expressed his horror at the recent attacks in Dhaka, Baghdad and Media over the past few days.  

Speaking of the two attacks in Baghdad on Saturday which left 165 dead and 225 injured, Cardinal Vincent said: 'I want to express my horror at the suicide bomb attack in the Karada market, late on Saturday, followed shortly after by the explosion in the Shaab area.'

The Cardinal had also expressed shock at the hostage incident at the Holey Artisanal Cafe in Dhaka on Friday, which left 20 hostages dead. 'The deliberate targeting of innocent victims as they were breaking the fast during Ramadan is a shocking demonstration of the wanton disregard for human life.'

Reacting to the suicide bomb attacks in Saudi Arabia on Monday, particularly the attack on Medina which left four guards dead, the Cardinal also said: 'These bombings are a clear sign that the perpetrators lack all respect for human life and the sacred spaces of Islam.'

'The victims of all of these attacks,their families and the wider society are very much in my thoughts and prayers and those of the Catholic Community in England and Wales.  We, too, mourn this loss of life.  We pray for the eternal repose of all who have died.'

 

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