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Kazakh Muslim Leaders Denounce Paris Attacks

ASTANA – The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan condemned the terrorist acts in Paris in a statement issued Nov. 15, reported the official website of the association.

“We strongly denounce the actions of those who organised the terrorist attacks in Paris. We express our deepest condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the victims. We pray for a speedy recovery of the injured,” the statement said.

“Islam, which calls upon all mankind and representatives of different confessions for peace and unity, opposes shedding the blood of innocent people. The Holy Quran teaches that killing an innocent person is equal to killing all mankind,” the statement also noted.

According to the statement, the association urged the international community and the leaders of world religions “together to do everything possible to eliminate the illegal actions of individuals hiding behind religion.”

Kazakhstan’s society was shocked by the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on Nov.13. The people of Kazakhstan have expressed their condolences and support to the French people in a variety of ways, including through media and social networks.

Chair of the investment company Smart Investments and former Vice Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Marat Tolibayev wrote on his Facebook page: “I express my deep condolences to the relatives of victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. I believe in the bravery and greatness of the French people who have survived through many difficult moments in their history. I am convinced that the terrorist attacks will not undermine the determination of France to be one of the strongholds of freedom and democracy in the world, as well as one of the most active fighters against terrorism. Hold on, France! We are with you!”

According to The Guardian, the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the bloody wave of bombings and shootings across Paris that left nearly 130 people dead and more than 350 wounded. French President François Hollande deemed it an “act of war.”