A pan-Muslim body condemned Saturday the murders of three Muslim students in the United States by a neighbor who espoused anti-religious views, voicing concerns over what it said was increased “Islamophobia” in the country.
Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan, 19, were shot dead on Tuesday in the North Carolina university town of Chapel Hill.
A 46-year-old neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks, has been charged with three counts of murder over the killings, which sparked outrage among Muslims worldwide.
Police said they are investigating what may have been a parking dispute gone wrong, but have not ruled out a hate-based crime.
Relatives of the victims say they are convinced they were targeted because of their faith.
“This gruesome crime has left Muslims worldwide in a state of shock and has raised concerns of the growing feelings of hatred towards Muslims and the increase of acts linked to Islamophobia in the United States,” said Iyad Madani, secretary general of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
In a statement on the official news agency of Saudi Arabia, where the OIC is based, he urged the U.S. government to take measures to protect society there from “negative images, discrimination, and stereotyping that contradict the core values of the American society.”
Madani also called for international cooperation to fight “extremism, violence, and religious intolerance, as well as hate crimes and (acts) that incite them”…
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