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Egypt's Al-Azhar condemns Pittsburgh synagogue terrorist attack

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Oct 2018
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Egypt's Al-Azhar condemned on Sunday the terrorist attack that targeted a Pittsburgh synagogue killing 11 people, saying that any attack against a human or a place of worship is, terrorism, Ahram Arabic website reported 

"Whoever commits such condemned terrorism should be punished regardless of his motives or religious and ideological background, and regardless of the victims' ideologies or religion or beliefs, the statement said.

The country's most influential and oldest Sunni Islamic institution asserted its rejection of any racist discourse or acts, adding that there is a necessity to adopt more moderate discourses and to support the values of peaceful co-exitence between the followers of the different religions.

On Saturday, 11 people, mostly elders, were killed while 6 others were injured by a gunman in a synagogue during a Shabbat religious service in Pittsburgh in what was described as the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in US history.

The suspected gunman, 46-years-old Robert Bowers of Pittsburg is currently detained and is being investigated by the US authorities.

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