(WASHINGTON, DC, 3/29/2010) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned both an alleged domestic terror plot by a Christian militia group to kill law enforcement officers and two bomb attacks on the Moscow subway system that killed at least 37 people.
Nine Midwest-based militia members were charged with conspiring to kill police officers and then kill more people at the officers’ funerals. The FBI apparently raided the group because it planned acts of terror sometime in April. “Hutaree” militia members reportedly viewed attacks on law enforcement personnel as part of an armed struggle against the American government.
Initial media reports indicated that the militia made threats of violence against American Muslim organizations.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We condemn these senseless and inexcusable terror plots and attacks. We applaud the FBI for uncovering the alleged plot to kill police officers and offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured in the Moscow attacks. American Muslims join with our fellow citizens and with the international community in repudiating all acts of terrorism wherever they take place and whomever they target.”
Along with innumerable condemnations of terror, CAIR has in the past launched an online anti-terror petition drive called “Not in the Name of Islam,” initiated a television public service announcement (PSA) campaign against religious extremism and coordinated a “fatwa,” or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism.
CAIR recently expressed concern about the reported rise in the number of anti-government and anti-immigrant extremist groups during the past year.
SEE: CAIR Concerned About Reported Rise in Militias, ‘Patriot’ Groups
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