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SIC convener sends solidarity to Paris

Shetland Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell

SHETLAND Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell has sent a message of solidarity to the people of Paris after the French capital was rocked by a series of deadly terror attacks.

At least 128 people died on Friday night across seven separate sites as the rest of the world watched on in horror.

On Saturday afternoon, hospitals in Paris were treating 300 injured individuals, with 80 people in a state of “absolute emergency”.

Most of the deceased were killed at the venue Bataclan as they watched a rock concert.

French president Francois Hollande said the attacks were an “act of war” from militant group Islamic State, who have claimed responsibility.

Speaking on Saturday, SIC convener Bell expressed his dismay at the incidents.

He added that the people of Shetland are behind those in Paris as they contend with another tragedy following the murder of 11 people at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January.

“I was shocked to see the news coming in from Paris overnight,” Bell said.

“Random acts of terror against ordinary people leading ordinary lives are shocking and demonstrate clearly, whether we at home or travelling abroad, the need to be vigilant.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Paris as they come to terms with yet another terrible act.”

The Scottish government meanwhile held a resilience meeting on Saturday to discuss the support that will be given to any Scots should they be affected.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France following the horrific events last night. We stand ready to help in any way we can.”