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Local mosques condemn bombing of Shia shrine

LOCAL mosques have condemned the bombing of a Shia shrine in Iraq and the reprisals which have claimed nearly 200 lives.

Since the Shia Askariya shrine in Baghdad was destroyed by terrorists on Wednesday last week, there has been daily violence in the region.

Iraqi soldiers have been guarding Shia and Sunni mosques for fear of more devastation.

General secretary of Harrow Central Mosque, Ghulam Rabbani, said: "Harrow Mosque is appalled at the bombings.

"This is clearly a politically motivated act by people with no regard to human life or respect for peoples' beliefs, and therefore un-Islamic, since the sanctity of life is paramount in Islam.

"The Harrow Mosque condemns this cowardly act, and requests the Government bolster the security substantially not only around the holy shrines and places of worship but all over Iraq to avoid the killing of innocent civilians."

A statement from Stanmore Mosque in Wood Lane, Stanmore, echoed these sentiments.

Mosque leaders urged the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to work with the British government to tighten security in southern Iraq, currently controlled by British troops.

The statement said: "Stanmore Mosque urges the MCB to use its influence to not only persuade our Government to help improve the security situation - in southern Iraq in particular - which is currently under British protection, but also to communicate with the leaders of various factions in Iraq to bring an end to the inhuman killing and maiming of innocent people and the destruction of holy sites."



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