Ex­trem­ism un­der fire

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THE Mus­lim chair­man of Bucks County Coun­cil has con­demned the re­cent spate of Is­lamic ex­trem­ism, in­sist­ing it does not rep­re­sent the main­stream views of his reli­gion.

Re­act­ing to the Char­lie Hebdo at­tacks in France and se­cu­rity ser­vice probes into a Royal Gram­mar School pupil’s flight to join IS mil­i­tants in Syria, Bucks County Coun­cil chair­man Zahir Mo­hammed said there was no place in Is­lam for such be­hav­iour.

Speak­ing at a re­cep­tion for armed forces per­son­nel in Bucks re­cently, he said: “The prophet came as a mercy and as a per­fec­tion of char­ac­ter to mankind, and he for­gave many of the likes of Char­lie Hebdo.”

He high­lighted the im­por­tance of the free­dom, se­cu­rity and safety en­joyed by the public, which the armed forces worked to pre­serve.

Mr Mo­hammed told the army per­son­nel gath­ered: “I be­lieve you serve in the best tra­di­tion of the armed forces, keep­ing our bor­ders safe, as well as as­sist­ing with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional emer­gen­cies.”

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