A day after an attack on an off-duty British soldier by two knife-wielding assailants,Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said Britain would be absolutely resolute in confronting terrorism and extremist assaults would only bring us together.
The British leader was speaking after chairing the emergency Cobra committee,a group of cabinet ministers and high-level security officials that oversees the operations of police and security agencies during high security alerts.
The people who did this were trying to divide us, Cameron told reporters outside his office and official residence at 10 Downing Street. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger.
This view is shared by every community in our country. This was not just an attack on Britain and on the British way of life; it was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country.
There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act, he said,urging Britons to respond to the attack by going about their normal lives.
Organizations representing Britains 2.5 million Muslims were quick to condemn the attack.
JOHN F BURNS & ALAN COWELL