Wednesday, June 23, 2004

El Paso Muslims on Tuesday called for justice for the three murdered civilians who were beheaded at the hands of Iraqi militants.

Officials of the Islamic Center of El Paso condemned the recent murders of American civilian Paul Johnson Jr. in Saudi Arabia and South Korean civilian Kim Sun-il in Iraq. American Nicholas Berg was beheaded allegedly by the same group last month.

"We support the swift apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators of these barbaric crimes," Mario Omar Hernandez, Islamic Center of El Paso president, said in a statement. "No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of Islam."
The Islamic Center of El Paso said the actions taken by the militant groups were not Islamic actions.

"We dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a small minority acting outside the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him."

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