Muslim officer condemns brutal attack

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Relations between British Muslims in the armed forces and their colleagues will not be strained following the murder of a British soldier in Woolwich, a retired army captain has said.

Captain Afzal Amin, former chairman of the Armed Forces Muslim Association, said he believed members of the British military from all racial backgrounds would stand united to condemn the “horrific and brutal” attack yesterday by two suspected terrorists.

Cpt Amin undertook three tours of Afghanistan before retiring last year, as one of more than 600 Muslims serving in the British armed forces.

“I send my condolences to the poor victim, not just as a former army officer but as a British Muslim,” said Cpt Amin.