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'They want to divide us. We are here together'

Muslim leader Sheikh Khalifa Ezzat said: "We condemn this act which killed innocent people, and those criminals - we shouldn't link them with religion, with Islam.

"They want to divide us. We are here together, we stand together to show solidarity, to show corporation, to face those people and those crimes.

"My condolences and my thoughts are with the families of the victims."

He was speaking at a vigil in Westminster attended by representatives of "the three Abrahimic faith communities" of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who was joined by the Chief Rabbi, Cardinal Nichols, and Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, described the vigil as "a moment of sad reflection, but also a moment of determination for our nation together."


Charles praises 'brilliant' hospital workers after attack

Prince Charles thanked hospital staff in turn for their work in response to Wednesday's car attack. Credit: PA

Prince Charles has praised the hospital workers who responded to the Westminster terror attack as "brilliant" and "fantastic".

The royal met and thanked paramedics, doctors, nurses, porters, specialists and support staff during the visit to King's College Hospital in central London.

King's College Hospital initially treated eight people in the aftermath of the attack. Credit: PA

He inquired about the nature of the patient injuries and how they had been caused during the attack, before he told staff: "It's amazing how you deal with everything."

The prince was gratefully received elsewhere in the hospital as staff shrieked after getting handshakes and photographs with the future king.

Cars removed as terror cops probe Birmingham properties

Several vehicles have been removed for examination amid detailed searches on properties in Westminster attacker Khalid Masood's home city of Birmingham.

The raids by anti-terror officers follow a series of arrests in the West Midlands as police seek out any of associates of the 52-year-old as part of their high-scale investigation.

But, as ITV News North of England Correspondent Damon Green has reported, the focus on terror in Birmingham has led to an angry local response.


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Hotel boss asked Masood 'what he was doing down south'

Brighton hotel manager Sabeur Toumi has told ITV News he asked Westminster attacker Khalid Masood "what he was doing down south" when the now-notorious guest checked in on the eve of the London atrocity.

Mr Toumi said the 52-year-old gave his Birmingham address and appeared "very friendly" and "happy" as he informed them of his plans to "meet friends".

Masood even asked for his room rate to be equal to a previous booking he had made at the Preston Park Hotel.

Pc Keith Palmer: 'A really reserved but kind person'

The US tourist who appeared in the last known photo of Pc Keith Palmer described the murdered officer as a "real gentleman" - "a really reserved but kind person".

Staci Martin, who was on a short holiday in London with her husband and children, told how the officer had joked around with her son, who took the photo.

She said: "In that moment, he just seemed like a really kind of reserved but kind person. He was joking, he didn't come across as a really loud or boisterous person. Very, very nice."

Describing her shock at the moment she realised the officer had died, she said: "I cried for a minute. It was surreal. It just makes you realise how tender, or how quickly, things can change in life."

Speaking about Londoners' reaction to the Westminster terror attack, she said: "Everybody forged ahead, they all went on with their - I don't want to say their regular lives because obviously there were people that were greatly affected - but I really saw the camaraderie and a nation of people that came together. Much like 9/11 in the US - the same dynamic."

She added: "[The photo] is not about me, perhaps that interaction happened for whatever reason and it's my obligation to get the information to his family about his kindness and hopefully get the photo in some capacity to them."

Neighbours held vigil at lonely terror victim's deathbed

Neighbours who held vigil at one of the Westminster terror attack victims' bedsides have described him as the "nicest person you could meet".

Leslie Rhodes, 75 - a bachelor with no children - became the fourth victim of Wednesday's attack when he died the following day from catastrophic injuries.

Neighbours who for decades lived near to Mr Rhodes described him as "part of the family" and "willing to help anybody".

His death had left them shocked, they said.

Christine Carney, who kept vigil at his bedside, said she couldn't bear the thought of Mr Rhodes dying alone, saying "we loved him".

Another neighbour, Philip Williams, 61, said: "You think of all the words you can think of to explain and describe a kind person - that was Les".

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