Faith leaders put up a united front in wake of the Liverpool terror attack

Representatives of the Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu faiths gathered together outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

Faith leaders in Liverpool come together to appeal for unity following the recent terrorist incident in the city.

Representatives of the Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu faiths gathered outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital in Toxteth to deliver their message.

A joint statement said: "Sunday’s terrorist attack at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital has shocked people of every faith – and those of no faith – across the city.

"We do not yet know the motives of the man who died. Terrorism is an indiscriminate act against people of all faiths and backgrounds. It seeks to destroy our lives of peaceful coexistence and disrupt the functioning of society.

"Liverpool is a city famed for being welcoming and tolerant. At this difficult time, let us remember that there is more that unites than divides us.

"Our belief in humanity may be shaken, but it remains intact. We need to remain calm yet vigilant, and alert not alarmed, at this time.

"As faith leaders, we are united in our desire for peace and justice. Within our different communities we pray for all those affected.

"And for them to make a good recovery."

Liverpool Riverside MP Kim Johnson told the House of Commons that women wearing the hijab in the city have been facing abuse since the bomb blast.

She said: “Incidents such as these, while extremely rare, always provoke a spike in race hate and particular in the Muslim community, and my team have been hearing incidents where women wearing the hijab are facing abuse.”

The issue has also been raised by Liverpool Muslim chaplain and humanitarian aid worker, Adam Kelwick, who posted a video on Instagram asking the city to unite.

A joint statement by local mosques issued yesterday condemned the attack and also appealed for “calm and vigilance”.

This week is inter faith week, designed to encourage good relationships between people of different faiths and beliefs. It started on Remembrance Sunday and runs until Sunday, 21 November.