Statement on the killings at Istanbul Airport

Sadly, we live in a time when almost any place can suffer terrorist carnage without warning.

Istanbul is one of the most historic cities in Europe, and is both a European and an Asian city. Many of us have been there to visit some of the world’s greatest heritage sites. Like London it has experienced much terrorism before, and last night was struck again, with the death toll at Istanbul’s airport standing at 41 at the time of writing. We suspect the death toll would have been much higher had the Turkish police not responded so promptly.

It appears from the Turkish Government and the BBC that the attack was organised by Daesh (ISIS). It demonstrates yet again their utter disregard for human life.

In Parliament today, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke for the entire nation in condemning this attack, stating that our thoughts and prayers were with the killed and injured and their families.

The Conservative Muslim Forum’s Executive also send our condolences, and stand together with our Government and the Turkish Government against the abomination that insults Islam and humanity with the effrontery of calling itself “Islamic State.”

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The Conservative Muslim Forum was founded by Lord Sheikh in 2005. All of its members are full members of the Conservative Party.