OIC condemns 'barbaric' murder of British soldier
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation condemned on Thursday what it called the "brutal and barbaric" killing of a British soldier in London in what authorities suspect was an act by Islamic militants.
A statement quoted the OIC's spokesman as reiterating the 57-member group's "strong and unwavering position against all forms of terror including hatred, violence and intolerance based on religion and faith."
"The brutal and barbaric killing... was a criminal and outrageous act by the individuals involved who clearly acted on their own," and "should in no way be construed or connected to Islam, as the Islamic faith preaches peace and rejects terror and killing of innocent people."
The spokesman also called "on all for restraint and expressed confidence that the tradition of tolerance in a multi-religious and multi-ethnic society in Britain would not be allowed to be disturbed by this incident."
Two men attacked the soldier in broad daylight in the London borough of Woolwich on Wednesday afternoon and hacked him to death.
They did not flee, but remained until police arrived, when they were shot and wounded in a confrontation.
In the interim, one of them spoke to passersby, saying they killed the victim "because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers".
The Muslim Council of Britain described the murder as "a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam."
© 2013 AFP