Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid Reuters

British Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, who is himself of Muslim heritage, responded to the bloody jihadist terror attacks in Paris last week that left a total of 17 dead, saying it is "lazy and wrong" to say the attacks are unrelated to Islam.

"There is no getting away from the fact that the people carrying out these acts - what we have seen just horrifically this week in Paris, what has happened in London and Madrid - these people call themselves Muslims," Javid said, reports the British The Telegraph.

"The lazy answer would be to say that this has got nothing whatsoever to do with Islam or Muslims and that should be the end of that. That would be lazy and wrong," said Javid. "You can't get away from the fact that these people are using Islam, taking a peaceful religion and using it as a tool to carry out their activities."

Javid, who is anticipated to be a future leader of the Conservative party, practices no religion while acknowledging his "Muslim heritage," and is married to a Christian wife. 

Speaking about the onus for dealing with the bane of terror, Javid said "all communities can do more to try and help and deal with terrorists, try and help track them down, but I think it is absolutely fair to say that there is a special burden on Muslim communities, because whether we like it or not, these terrorists call themselves Muslims."

"It is no good for people to say they are not Muslims, that is what they call themselves. They do try to take what is a great peaceful religion and warp it for their own means," claimed Javid.

In the Paris attacks last week four Jews were murdered in a hostage crisis at a kosher supermarket last Friday. One day earlier, a policewoman was shot dead, and a day before that, 12 people were murdered in an attack at the headquarters of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.