#UK Council on American-Islamic Relations on the San Bernardino massacre: ‘This certainly is not about the Muslim faith’

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CAIR press conference San Bernardino shooting

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has held a press conference to address the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

CAIR executive director, Nihad Awad said, « We unequivocally condemn the horrific act that occurred today.« 

Muzammil Siddiqi, a Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County urged people to « not implicate Islam or Muslims » at large for the attack.

In the wake of the massacre that has left at least 14 people dead and 17 others injured, one potential suspect has been identified.

Several news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press, have cited law enforcement officials who say one of three potential suspects is Syed Farook, a man who may have been involved in a shootout with police, hours after the violence began. 

Farhan Khan, a man identified as Farook’s brother-in-law, said « Why would he do something like this? I have absolutely no idea. »

 

FBI officials investigating the Inland Regional Center shooting have suggested the incident may be considered an act of domestic terrorism, though no such classification has been made official.

Farook was reportedly a US citizen, and a San Bernardino County employee, who worked for the health department.

The LA Times reported Wednesday that police radio transmissions suggested that Farook attended a company event  at the Inland Regional Center and « was acting nervous » then « left out of the blue, » minutes before gunfire began.

 

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