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Women Hold Hands on Westminster Bridge in Tribute to Terror Victims

March 27, 2017

'Islam totally condemns violence of any sort’

Around 100 women linked hands on London’s Westminster Bridge for five minutes on Sunday afternoon, to pay tribute to the four victims and many others who were injured in the March 22 terrorist attack.

The women, many of whom were Muslim, formed a human chain as they stood in silence at the scene where an attacker mowed down multiple pedestrians in an SUV before fatally stabbing a police officer outside Parliament just four days before.

Many of the women participating in the peaceful demonstration, organized by the Women’s March on London, chose to wear blue, a symbol of peace. One woman who took part told the U.K.’s Press Association that she participated because, “When an attack happens in London, it is an attack on me.” She added: “Islam totally condemns violence of any sort. This is abhorrent to us.”

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, which was carried out by U.K.-born Khalid Masood. Those killed in the incident were identified as Kurt Cochran, 54, from Utah, British school administrator Aysha Frade, 43, 48-year-old Constable Keith Palmer and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, from south London.