Hartlepool Muslims have united to condemn the terror attacks in Westminster which saw five dead and dozens injured.
Khalid Masood killed three people and injured scores more after ploughing a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing Pc Keith Palmer to death.
The other victims killed in the attack were retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes from south London, Kurt Cochran, a US tourist from Utah, and Aysha Frade, who worked in administration at an independent sixth-form school.
The attack was brough to an end when Masood was shot by police.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community from Nasir Mosque Hartlepool says it strongly condemns the barbaric attacks that took place in Westminster.
They added their sympathies and prayers are with the people of London and all those affected.
Such attacks and violence against innocent people can never be justified under any circumstances, a statement added.
The Worldwide Head and Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who resides in the UK has said regarding terrorism and extremism: “All forms of terrorism and extremism are completely against the true teachings of Islam.
“The Holy Quran has said that to kill even one innocent person is akin to killing all of mankind. Thus under no circumstances can murder ever be justified and those who seek to justify their hateful acts in the name of Islam are serving only to defame it in the worst possible way.”
They say community members also attended the vigil at Trafalgar Square on Thursday and stood shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the attendees in solidarity to show that these atrocities do not divide us.
They can be seen holding up banners “Love For All Hatred for None” to promote the peace and harmony.