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Crowds gather at a vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s attack, at Trafalgar Square in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Britain’s senior faith leaders gathered near the country’s Parliament to mourn victims who had fallen to London’s recent Westminster terror attack. The religious leaders urged restraint and the appeal for peace in the face of such troubling times.

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, representing Shia Muslims, and Sunni Sheikh Khalifa Ezzat, head Imam at the London Central Mosque, stood alongside the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Chief Rabbi Ephriam Mirvis, and Catholic Cardinal Vincent Nichols at the event, AP reported.

Al-Hilli expressed his condolences Friday for the four people killed and dozens wounded in the car and knife rampage on Wednesday, saying “we utterly condemn this terrorist act.”

Mirvis played on the theme of unity among people of faith, saying “Londoners are showing right now that we will always stand up with strength to confront terror and we will never be cowed by it.”

More so, Prince Charles has visited people injured in the London attack, meeting privately with victims at a hospital.

The heir to the British throne thanked staff at King’s College Hospital for their “marvelous efforts.” He shook hands with nurses, who took photos of him as he left the ward.

Charles said: “How you do it, I don’t know.” The hospital has treated eight victims.