A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today condemned bombings at five churches in Iraq that left
at least 11 people dead and many more wounded. The attacks were carried out
during Sunday evening services.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:
"We condemn these vicious attacks in the strongest terms possible. The
identity of the perpetrators is not known, but their motive of creating
religious divisions is obvious. Harming those engaged in worship violates
the principles of all faiths. Religiously and historically, Islam mandated
the protection of churches and synagogues. The Prophet Muhammad and his
successors sought to protect houses of worship and the communities they
serve. We offer condolences to the families of those killed and injured,
and call for increased security measures at all religious sites in Iraq."
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.
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