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.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 350 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or by monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News