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UMAA condemns California attacks, urges calm

(WASHINGTON DC — Dec 3, 2015) UMAA today issues a press statement in which it condemns the violent attacks in San Bernardino, CA yesterday. UMAA views the loss of life and harm to innocents as repugnant and in no way excusable.

The suspects, a married couple identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, are believed to have opened fire inside a social services center on Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring 21 others, in the nation’s deadliest mass shooting since the assault on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., nearly three years ago. The suspects died hours later in a shootout with the police on a residential street.

Law enforcement officials said the F.B.I. had uncovered evidence that Mr. Farook was in contact over several years with extremists domestically and abroad, including at least one person in the United States who was investigated for suspected terrorism by federal authorities in recent years.

UMAA Advocacy Director Rahat Husain said “This is an attack on every American, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. We can’t let incidents like this fracture the close knit bonds that have developed in this country between the American Muslim community and our neighbors and fellow Americans, because that’s exactly what America’s enemies want. Creating a culture of fear and distrust is their goal.”

UMAA urges calm in light of the attacks, and recommends Muslims take common sense safety measures to protect themselves against violent reprisals.