THE 25th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide will be remembered at a special online commemoration event on Wednesday.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has invited residents to join the interfaith event.

It marks the 25th anniversary of the massacre that saw more than 8,000 Muslims killed during the Bosnian War in the only holocaust committed in Europe since the Second World War.

The online ceremony will be attended by the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Cllr Iftakhar Hussain, the leader of the council Cllr Mohammed Khan, and its chief Executive Denise Park.

The Mayor will lead the making of pledges to ensure that the victims are not forgotten and that lessons are learned from the atrocity.

The Rev Dr Rowena Pailing from Blackburn Cathedral will lead an interfaith prayer in memory of the victims.

A group of former Witton Park Academy students and staff will share their reflections on a visit to Bosnia in 2015

Cllr Khan said: “While our community can’t gather together physically to pay respects to the victims of the atrocity on its 25th anniversary, this important online event is open to anyone. It’s an opportunity to learn more about this terrible tragedy to helps us understand what can happen when hatred and intolerance go unchallenged."