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CAIR Condemns Deadly Far-Right Terror Attack on Immigrants, Muslims in Germany

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/20/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a deadly far-right terror attack apparently targeting Muslims and immigrants in Germany that left at least nine people dead.

A 43-year-old German man shot people at several locations in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau late on Wednesday. A German official said the suspected gunman’s web page “pointed to deeply racist views.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the shootings exposed the “poison” of racism in German society and, “There is much to indicate that the perpetrator acted out of far-right extremist, racist motives. Out of hatred for people with other origins, other faiths or a different appearance.”

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In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We condemn this apparent far-right terror attack targeting Germany’s Muslim and immigrant communities. Public officials must act with determination against the growing xenophobic, Islamophobic, white supremacist, and racist movements in Germany, America and worldwide that are the motivating factor for such violent actions.”

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com

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